Concern about neglected children
An Opposition parliamentarian has expressed concern that too many children are being neglected, and has suggested that before people enter parenthood they should be required to complete a special course.
St Thomas MP Cynthia Forde spoke about her concerns as she added her voice to debate on the Maintenance (Amendment) Bill 2014 in the House of Assembly today.
She said while she believed the legislation would ease the plight of many parents and guardians, there were some social ills that needed to be addressed.
She said she was not satisfied that Barbadians were providing and doing enough for their children.
“I believe it is important that all parents fulfill their responsibilities . . . I believe, in some instances, both males and females should do some kind of diploma, certificate or degree to become parents. Too many of them are giving up their roles and leaving their children,” she said.
“I see everyday in the communities, school environment and churches, people are not fulfilling their roles in the way they should and once we have children who have needs that are not being met, whether they be social needs emotional needs or physical needs, there are challenges.
“Children should have parents who are more responsible. Too many of our children are being abandoned. I am waiting to hear what the Child Care Board will deliver as to what is happening with our children in their regular home environment as well as elsewhere. It really is a conern we must look at,” added Forde.