Diahann Gordon Harrison
By Warren Bertram
The bombshell report by the Office of the Children's Advocate into the relationship between the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) and Embracing Orphans founder, Carl Robanske, has motivated more people to come forward and give additional information.
This was revealed Wednesday by Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison, who explained that the information is in relation to the case involving Robanske as well as other issues in the system which need attention.
Mrs Gordon Harrison said the "awakening" among people since the tabling of the report is encouraging because it suggests they will "cooperate and will assist us with really doing these investigations, with valuable information".
Since being tabled in the House of Representatives, the troubling report has sparked widespread discussion in the public domain.
Disciplinary proceedings are being contemplated against the head of the CPFSA, Rosalee Gage-Grey, who is being investigated by the Public Services Commission, and there are calls for more people to be held responsible.
Mrs. Gordon Harrison said based on new information being received, her office is not ruling out further investigations into the relationship between Carl Robanske and the CPFSA.
"Once we have credible information, that's our statutory responsibility," she said.
Asked about a possible timeline for further probes, the Children's Advocate explained that she could not give a definitive answer since there are "different factors at play", including whether possible victims come forward.
This, she suggested, may be difficult for many of them who perhaps feel guilty or ungrateful for speaking out since they also received some assistance.
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