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Become a Foster Parent


Become a Foster Parent
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Become a Foster Parent

The step-by-step guide below will give you a comprehensive overview of the application process to become a foster parent.

The entire application process takes about two to three months, depending on the timely submission of documents and your availability for an interview.

The criteria for foster parents can be found here.


1. Application Forms Submission to MSF 

Application forms can be submitted online, by post or by email. Click “Apply to be a Foster Parent" for more details. 

2. Assessments by MSF or an MSF-appointed Agency 

Assessments will be conducted to ensure that you and your family are the best fit to care for a foster child. These assessments include: 

  1. Interview with Applicants – An interview will be conducted to allow the assessors to get to know you better. 
  2. Interview with Household Members – This interview will usually be held at your house. The assessors will visit your home to speak to all household members to ensure that everyone is open to the arrival of the foster child. 
  3. Home Visit(s) – The assessors will also conduct a home visit to ensure that your home is safe for the child. This includes checking home safety features such as the installation of window grilles.
  4. Medical Screening – Basic medical screening is required to ensure that you are physically fit to care for a child. 

3. Approval 

Upon receipt of all required supporting documents and the assessment report, your application will be presented to a panel at MSF for discussion and approval. 

MSF or an MSF-appointed Agency will then contact you to inform you of the outcome. 

4. Training Sessions 

Once your application is approved, you will officially become a foster parent.

You will be invited to attend our training sessions to equip you with the skills that will come in handy in your roles as foster parents. 

Find out more about training sessions and support services here

5. Foster Child Placement from MSF 

We will do our best to match you with a suitable foster child, and inform you as soon as that happens.