Foster carers provide a family life for children and young adults who can’t live with their birth parents for various reasons.
Foster parents give foster children the vital security and love they need to help them reach their potential.
Foster care can range from weeks to years, depending on the circumstances
Fostering is not the same as adopting, which is permanent. Foster care ends when the child is reunited with their birth family or when an alternative suitable care arrangement is made.
Many children will have experienced difficulties. They need someone patient and loving who can keep them safe and strong physically and emotionally.
Don’t let this scare you, Hong Kong’s comprehensive foster care programmes provide training and support every step of the way.
Foster caring benefits everyone involved. Many foster parents find it a challenging yet rewarding experience. They learnt more about themselves while making a life-changing positive difference to a child.
Younger parents can benefit too because growing up with a foster sibling can improve their own child’s social skills and encourage them to become more caring to others’ needs.
It’s only natural to have doubts. But most foster parents had this feeling before they began. The fact that you are interested in this shows that you are an empathetic person.
The programme provides comprehensive training and support to guide you along the way, so don’t worry.
Although foster carers have the right to terminate the arrangement whenever they wish, the dropout rate is low. This suggests that most who try find fostering to be a worthwhile experience.
The most important qualities you need is to love children, have patience and to be compassionate.
Beyond that, the main requirements are:
Foster parents can expect a monthly home visit and a phone call from the foster child's designated social worker to see how things are going.
There’s a vibrant and supportive foster care community that runs training workshops, support groups, and experience sharing sessions. The foster care community is here to help one another.
If foster parents ever wish to go on holiday, a temporary relief home, or home leave for a few days, may be arranged.
The Hong Kong government provides financial support that comfortably covers all basic costs and expenses, allowing foster parents to focus on caring for the child and making a meaningful difference in their life.
Other resources may be available depending on individual circumstances.
Generally, communication is encouraged between foster families and birth families if language is not a barrier, as most birth families are Chinese. Communication can help a foster child feel more at ease during a time of change. However, in some cases, we may recommend for a child not to have contact with their birth family if this risks putting the child in danger.
Let’s talk. Please contact us using the email address below or simply phone us. One of our friendly, knowledgeable and caring professionals at the HK Family Welfare Society will happily answer questions, and tell you about the criteria checks, screening, and matching processes.
You have the opportunity to make a huge difference in a child’s life.
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