KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) says it is now in the final phase of a new hydroelectric power plant, under construction at Maggoty in St Elizabeth.
The plant is expected to add 6.3MW of electricity to the national grid.
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UNDER Jamaican law any person 25 years and older can adopt a child/children. However, the law allows persons who are 18 years old to adopt younger relatives.
Only children between the ages of six weeks and 18 years old are eligible for adoption in Jamaica.
All contact for adoptions must be made through the Child Development Agency (CDA) parish office. If your adoption application is approved by the CDA, the caseworker will seek to match you with a child based on your preference.
You must first complete a pre-adoption form which is provided by the CDA. If you are deemed suitable, then you will be contacted by the CDA and given an adoption application form and a medical form to be completed.
You will also be given a listing of required documentation to be provided to the CDA. If your documents are satisfactory, a four-week home study assessment is done, involving home visits, interviews and counselling sessions.
If your assessment is positive, you will be assisted in finding children available for adoption.
After you are paired with a child/children, social workers will carry out in-home supervision for a minimum of three months. If the social workers are satisfied with your relationship with the child/children, you will be instructed to make an application to the Family Court for a Licence/Adoption Order hearing.
On the day of the hearing, you will address a Family Court judge, giving arguments in support of your adoption of your prospective child/children.
At the end of the address, the judge will grant or deny the Licence/Adoption Order. If granted, you may then assume full guardianship of the adopted child/children.
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