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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 nurturing 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

  • Their parents have passed away.
  • Their parents have been incarcerated.
  • Their parents have physical or mental illness and are unable to care for them.
  • Their families are facing financial difficulties and are unable to care for them.
  • The children are victims of physical, emotional or even sexual abuse.
  • The children are victims of neglect and abandonment.

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.

Current Recruitment Focus

Currently, we need more foster families to care for special needs children, older children and sibling sets. The lack of foster families who are ready to take in these children means that these children are typically harder to place. As a result, many of them are still waiting to be placed in a loving home. 


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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. It is our hope that all vulnerable children, regardless of their age or abilities, will receive the love and care that they need. 


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

Published On Wed, Mar 18, 2015
Last Reviewed On Mon, May 28, 2018