Welcome to the Office of the Children's Registry
At the OCR our primary focus is to care and protect, not harm and neglect our children. It is against this background that I want to remind all Jamaicans that under the Child Care and Protection Act (2004), it is the duty of every adult to report all cases of known or suspected child abuse. I would like to say thanks to all those who assisted the OCR by making reports since we began operations in January 2007 to enable us to collect over 44, 000 reports of child abuse. Of this number, more than 11, 000 such reports were received during 2013.
Since the operations of the Ananda Alert system, which is responsible for the safe and speedy recovery of missing children was transferred to the OCR on March 1, 2013, we have received over 2, 800 reports of missing children. We therefore also wish to thanks those persons who reported missing children during the last calendar year and encourage more reports of that nature to be made to us in 2014.
- Stop The Abuse
- Ananda Alert
Ananda Alert System is Jamaica's Child Recovery Strategy which was modeled off the Amber Alert System in the United States of America (USA). According to the Ananda Alert Policy document (2008): "there has been a steady spate of child abductions that ultimately led to murder." The Constabulary Communication Network (CCN), reports that between January 1 and September 30, 2008, 737 children were reported missing (177 males and 560 females). 519 were returned, with over 200 still missing. Two murders have been confirmed, with one unconfirmed.
Listen to the Ananda Alert Jingle: