Probation Officers Association makes shocking revelation on children’s homes

Probation Officers Association makes shocking revelation on children’s homes

Written by Staff Writer

24 Jan, 2016 | 10:12 pm

The All Ceylon Probation Officers Association has made a shocking revelation that the state only allocates Rs.20   each per day, for children living in some children’s homes.

There are currently 414 registered children’s homes in the country. These homes house 14,179 children.The All Ceylon Probation Officers’ Association stated at a media briefing that took place in Polonnaruwa on Saturday that there are only 280 probation officers to care for these children.

More than half the  children in children’s homes have lost either their mother or father. The Probation Officers Association states that 18 percent of these children have lost both parents.

Incidentally, the majority of the children housed in children’s homes, are girls.

The All Ceylon Probation Officers’ Association states that the contribution of  ministers and officials for the maintenance of these children’s homes “is deplorable.”

The Association also points out that if this situation is not corrected, children residing in these homes cannot be prevented from turning to illegal activity.

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