Residential Child Care Service

Foster Care Service

Foster Care Service provides out-of-home family care for children who cannot receive adequate family care due to various family problems. Children are placed under the care of foster families and continue to enjoy family life until they can return home, join an adoptive family or live independently.
Foster Care (Emergency) Service provides out-of-home family care for children who cannot receive adequate family care due to emergency or crisis situations in their families. Children are placed under the care of foster families and continue to enjoy family life and happiness until they can return home or secure a long-term residential placement.

Service Target

  • Foster Care Service and Foster Care (Emergency) Service provide care for children aged under 18 years of age.
  • Apart from normal children, foster care service is also rendered to children with special needs, such as mildly physically or mentally handicapped children and children with health problems.

Service Objectives

  • To establish children's welfare plans according to their individual needs, and to ensure children enjoy stable family life and receive adequate care in foster families.
  • To protect and promote children's health and welfare, work on children's holistic growth and development.

Service Capacity

The service capacity of Foster Care Service is 45, and Foster Care Service (Emergency Care) is 25.

Services Provided

  • Matching foster children with suitable foster families to ensure stable family life for the children.
  • Supervision and support for foster families, ensuring adequate care is given to foster children.
  • Counseling is provided to foster children through regular visits. Welfare plans are developed based on the foster children's individual needs.

Charges

Free food and accommodation. But parents and guardians are responsible for the child’s personal expenses such as school related expenses.

Admission & discharge of residential child care service

  • All applications are referred to the Home via the Central Foster Care Unit of the Social Welfare Department. For Emergency / Short-term SGH and Foster Care Service (Emergency Care) Referral, please contact the Home directly. Generally, children discharged from the service will go through the joint discussion of the Referring Officer, the Home's social worker and the child's parents / guardians.
  • If a child’s behaviour creates immediate danger to other inmates and / or carers, the Home can discharge the child from the service immediately.

Becoming Foster Parents

Anyone who is interested in becoming foster parent is welcome to contact our Foster Care Service Unit on 3583 0411.