Robert Williams, Regional Director of the CPFSA South East Region
The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) on Friday provided trauma counselling to children in Bath, St. Thomas, amid growing anxiety following the abduction of two girls in the community.
More than thirty children aged six to 17 years old received counselling.
Robert Williams, Regional Director of the CPFSA South East Region, told Radio Jamaica News that some of the children have been severely impacted by the recent events in Bath.
"It is without question that the children in Bath are very, very fearful at this time...Some of them are not eating, some not sleeping, some don't want to go outside, and so on. So as an agency responsible for the welfare of children, this could not be happening and we just sit back. We had to do something."
Mr. Williams said the counselling session also helped to provide the children with coping mechanisms.
The mother of one of the girls who had been abducted also received counselling.
According to Mr. Williams, the agency will "continue to work with the community until they have gotten through this ordeal".
The St. Thomas police have been trying to find the suspect, Davian Bryan, since the first abduction on October 14.