Singapore delegation visits Berkshire Farm Center

Posted at: 08/19/2013 4:47 PM
Updated at: 08/19/2013 6:02 PM
By: Bill Lambdin

CANAAN - It's a bucolic setting that lives up to its name, the Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth, two thousand acres very near the Massachusetts border in Canaan.

Monday the country center hosted visitors from the second most densely populated country in the world, a delegation from the Asian city-state of Singapore.

"It's part of our process to review what we are doing for children and youth and how we can improve the outcomes moving ahead to make sure that children in care return to their families as soon as they are ready," said Lee Kim Hua, an official with the Singapore Ministry of Social and Family Development

In addition to the residential treatment facility in Canaan with its own junior-senior high school, the Berkshire Farm Center offers several other programs off-site, including seven group homes.

"Our ultimate goal is to reunify children and families as quickly and safely as we can," said Jim Dennis, the chief program officer with the center. "The common theme is that we can utilize our system of care to make sure that the children and the families are getting the right level of service."