By The Star Staff
San Juan Mayor Miguel Romero Lugo announced Tuesday that La Casa Cuna de San Juan has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), as an institution recognized for its excellent transitional housing service for children. The accreditation is for the next four years.
“It is the first time that under the federal Family First law institutions that house abused minors, who have been removed from their homes or handed over by their relatives, need a license to operate, and as a result of the excellent work done by the 95 employees who work at La Casa Cuna de San Juan, we have obtained the accreditation expeditiously,” the mayor said.
“This great news demonstrates our commitment, beyond a healthy public policy, to the people of San Juan, especially with the most needy and in this case, with minors who require a lot of love and attention, and who are our present and future as a society,” Romero Lugo added.
As part of the evaluation, the COA focused on inspecting the facilities and supervising the services offered to minors, with La Casa Cuna de San Juan showing itself to be an ideal place to receive and meet the needs of the children in its care.
La Casa Cuna de San Juan is a project dedicated to serving the child population from 0 to 5 years of age who are survivors of abuse and/or neglect. It is the first home created and managed by a municipal government by virtue of Ordinance No. 46, Series 2014-15, and is attached to the Municipality of San Juan’s Department for Community Social Development. Among the services offered are psychological, educational and psychosocial therapies to encourage the optimal development of the sheltered minors.
First lady of San Juan Maritere González expressed thanks for the extraordinary work done by all the employees of La Casa Cuna, who she said are fundamental to guaranteeing quality service and love for the children who live there. “The Casa Cuna de San Juan is a fundamental piece in the integral formation and development of our children,” she said. “We continue working to reinforce the services of excellence provided in the institution so that this good news is replicated.”