Two T&T boys rescued in Syria now wards of state

Two T&T boys rescued in Syria now wards of state

Saturday, January 26, 2019

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Family and Children Division of the Children’s Court has ordered that two Trinidadian children rescued from a camp in northern Syria earlier this week be made wards of the state.

Justice Sharon Gibson ordered that the children, ages seven and 11, be placed in the care of the Children’s Authority and also granted an injunction preventing the media from publishing images of the boys.

The court also ordered the Children Authority to assess the children’s health, development, and the manner in which they were treated. The assessment is to be done at the authority’s assessment centre or somewhere it deems appropriate, and will entail medical, social, psychological, psychosocial, psycho-educational and psychiatric examinations. The parents will also be assessed.

Under the supervision order, the boys will be closely monitored by the authority for an initial period of six months to determine the additional needs they would require, after they are placed with their mother.

The court also gave the authority the liberty to file and serve further evidence based on the findings of any continuing investigation, and any results of the court-ordered assessment.

As a result of the court order, the children’s file will also be sealed by the registrar to protect identities.

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