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About the Fostering Scheme


About the Fostering Scheme
Fostering In Singapore - MSF Fostering Scheme 

About the Fostering Scheme

The Fostering Scheme aims to provide an alternative care arrangement for children who are below 18 years of age and are in need of a safe, stable and nurturingfdf home. Children are placed on the Fostering Scheme because they lack alternative kinship care arrangements and thus have to seek placement with a foster family. 

Reasons Why Children Come into Care

Children may be in foster care for the following reasons:

  • They have been abused, neglected or abandoned.
  • Their parents are unable to care for them due to:
    • Imprisonment 
    • Physical or mental illness
    • Death of one or both parents

Foster Care Provides a Healthy Family Environment

Foster care offers children the opportunity to grow up in a normal family environment. Foster families embrace vulnerable children and provide food, shelter, clothing and love to children who are in need. Our hope is for these children to benefit from a safe, stable and nurturing home environment, and so be able to grow healthily and fulfil their potential. For children from disadvantaged backgrounds, foster care gives them a positive experience of family life, which they may not have had in their natural family setting. It also teaches them important lessons on how families show care and concern for one another.

For more details, please see Become a Foster Parent.

Foster Care is a Temporary Arrangement

Foster care is not permanent like adoption. It is a temporary arrangement to meet the emergency care needs of a child, with the ultimate goal of re-integrating them with their natural family. 

In some cases, it may become long-term care if the parents/guardians are unable to work out suitable care arrangements for their children.

We need more foster parents to join us!

Every child deserves a home. At MSF, we believe that home based care is one of the best options as children are provided with personalised care and attention. We welcome foster parents who are able to care for children of all ages, including babies, older children and teenagers, sibling sets and those with special needs.

To learn more about fostering, please click here to read Mdm Norli's story.