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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 1, 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.
The Office of the Children's Registry wishes for all Jamaicans, especially our children a prosperous, productive and positive 2014. 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 40, 000 reports of child abuse. Of this number, more than 8, 000 such reports were received during 2013.
May the peace of God that passes all understanding be yours for 2014 and beyond.
A message from Mr. Greig Smith
Registrar, Office of the Children's Registry
As we celebrate our seventh anniversary in 2014, under the theme: "Be the change: Speak out, protect our children," I encourage all Jamaicans to be that catalyst of change that will ensure that our children are no longer forced to suffer abuse in silence. I urge you to be the voice for those who are muted by the fear of being further victimised when they speak out against their abusers. We are cognizant of the sad realities that our children face which sometimes rob them of the joys, freedoms and protection to which all children are entitled. In that regard, I want to urge everyone to ensure that we make the reporting of child abuse and missing children everybody's business.
A message from the Registrar
Ananda Alert System is Jamaica's Child Recovery Strategy which was modeled off the Amber Alert System in the United States of America (USA). Learn more here
BE THE CHANGE. Help us bring our children home.
The Ananda Alert System
is operated by
The Office of the Children’s Registry
An agency of the
Ministry of Youth and Culture.
Quarterly Statistical Bulletin;January to March 2013 (Preliminary data)New
Released: March 3, 2014
Preliminary data for the period January to March 2013 reveals that the Office of the Children’s Registry received 2852 reports, reflecting an increase of 43.5% over the corresponding 2012 period.