(CMR) Jamaica's Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) said 151 children, 133 girls and 18 boys, who went missing from January to December 2023 are still missing.
This is 14.7 percent of the 1,027 children who went missing in 2023, according to the Jamaica Gleaner.
While the majority of children who went missing were recovered safely, the Child Protection and Family Services Agency is concerned with the large number of children who go missing each year.
According to Laurette Adams-Thomas, the CEO of CPFSA, reducing the number of missing children is a key priority for 2024. To achieve this, the agency will focus on implementing several strategies aimed at improving the effectiveness of recovery and intervention efforts, the Gleaner reported.
Director of Children and Family Programs at the CPFSA, Dr Warren Thompson, said the missing children phenomenon is a complex one that requires a comprehensive strategy.