Mission Statement

To provide persistently, effective programmes and efficient services aimed at advocating equity in family relations, fostering the Rights of the Child, persons with disabilities, the elderly and enhancing the socio-economic development of all family members.

 Vision Statement

The Family Services envisages a support system that will provide programmes and services that are beneficial to families in the State.

 Objectives Of The Department

To provide:

  • Quality service
  • Financial assistance to approximately 6,000 – 7,000 indigent people.
  • Counselling throughout Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Assistance to people with disabilities
  • Home Help Care for the elderly
  • Lobbying for the provision of ramps, car parks, rails for the disabled
  • The return of all street children to their homes or to a place of safety
  • The rebate of water/electricity to approximately two thousand (2,000) people
  • An increase in the number of Foster Homes

Key Clients

  • The entire public from zero to one hundred plus.
  • Government
  • Non-Government Organisations
  • Regional and International social services agencies
  • Magistrate Courts, Family Court, High Court
  • The Police
  • Schools
  • Other Line Ministries
  • Poor, destitute, elderly people with disabilities and the abused.
  • The General Public
  • Churches
  • Private Sector
  • Civil Society

Contact Information

Permanent Secretaries
Ms. Catherine Defreitas 
PS For Housing and Informal Human Settlement
Location: Granby Street, Kingstown
Tel : (PBX) :(784) 456-1111, Ext : 4681
E-mail: email-office.housing@mail.gov.vc

Mrs. Merissa Finch-Burke 
PS For Social Development, Family, Gender Affairs, and Youth
Tel : (PBX) :(784) 456-1111, Ext : 3863
E-mail: mobililsation1@hotmail.com


The Ministry of National Mobilisation, Social Development, Gender Affairs, Family Affairs, Housing and Informal Settlement

Halifax Street Kingstown St. Vincent

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:15 pm
Saturday - Sunday