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Due largely to the efforts of Yvette Woodruffe, Administrative Secretary of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul , this dream was realized on the 12 th September, 1994, when the first three children were taken into the converted day care centre.

Today the home aims at achieving the holistic development of its children by providing for their physical, emotional, educational, spiritual and social needs. But more than this, a unique plan of care has been designed for each child.

Children are generally referred to the home through the General Hospitals at Port of Spain , Eric Williams Medical Science Complex or San Fernando or the Queen's Park Counseling Centre. On admission each child must be provided with a social worker's report and a medical report.

The home has a volunteer physician, Dr. Nosa Everest Omo-Igbinonwamhia who is available on a 24 hour basis and there are regular visits to the pediatric and gynecological Out Patient's clinics. The younger children are given a set of three antibody blood tests at six month intervals. Importantly too, the home enjoys a good relationship with the local health centre.

According to Jacqueline John one of the head attendants at Cyril Ross, apart from their HIV status, the children are quite healthy. Each child is given a daily dosage of "SEPTRA" a broad-spectrum antibiotic to help ward off infection, and most of the children are on anti-retroviral medication.

Unlike other children however, they are not given sweets as this causes hyperactivity in some cases. She says that it is also important for them to receive adequate amounts of vitamins. To this end, fruit is an important part of their diet. Interestingly enough, checks with a medical source revealed that fruits contain substances called antioxidants which can improve the immune system.

The home does not wish to confine the care of the child to the physical. With special permission from the Archbishop, each child has been baptized, confirmed and given the Sacrament of the Sick, under Roman Catholic rites. Arrangements are now being made to have older children prepared for First Communion and attendance at Mass is a must at the Parish church, St. Charles in Tunapuna.

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