Fresh Air Fund programme is not possible without the assistance of the host families that welcome the children into their homes and each year the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism appeals to local families to host one or more Fresh Air Fund child for one week during the summer.
While on-island, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism makes full arrangements for the Fresh Air Fund children to discover the history and culture of the Cayman Islands through the many local attractions and programmes, including the Cayman Turtle Farm, Hell, Pedro St. James, the Mission House, Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and Blue Iguana Recovery Programme. As the Fresh Air Fund children will have a complete itinerary of activities to keep them busy during the day, there is no impact on your regular work demands or need to make these arrangements on your own.
In addition to opening up your home to these children, we encourage you to intertwine your Fresh Air Fund child into your regular family activities and practices, including Family Game Night, dinner time, story telling or even the Caymanian tradition of Sunday dinner to name a few.
To become a host family, you must meet the following criteria:
- The family must want to be involved with the Fresh Air Fund child and exude a desire to interact with the child;
- Each host family will be required to undergo a home visit and screening interview with representatives from the Fresh Air Fund and Cayman Islands Department of Tourism; everyone residing at the home and who will have substantial contact with the Fresh Air Fund child must be present;
- The host home must be safe and clean with places to play indoors and out;
- The host home must also be a positive environment for any child to live in;
- The Fresh Air Fund child must have a dedicated bed to him or her during the stay and are not allowed to share the bed with other members of the house;
- Each member residing within the household over the age of 18 will have to obtain a Police Clearance as a security measure to ensure that the child will be in a safe environment; Police Clearances can be emailed, faxed or hand-delivered to the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism office; the cost of obtaining the Police Clearance certificate is at the expense of the host family;
- The host family must be able to provide three character references from upstanding members of the community verifying that they should be considered for this opportunity.
For more information about the Fresh Air Fund programme contact the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism at 345-949-0623 or email Rhonda Cornwall.