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As the saying goes, 'It takes a village to raise a child'. Likewise, we believe that raising a child is a combined effort. You are never alone in your fostering journey! Support will be provided by MSF and the existing network of foster parents. We will do our best to ensure that both you and your foster child receive the best support possible.
A Foster Care Officer will be attached to every foster parent to provide guidance and support. Your officer will maintain contact with you and your foster child through regular phone calls and home visits.
First-time foster parents are provided with training sessions to equip you with the skills needed to care for your foster child. Trainings are usually held on weekends.
In case of emergency, foster parents will be able to obtain immediate support via our emergency hotline available 24/7.
Support Groups have been self-administered by some of our foster parents. They provide an avenue for foster parents to share their experiences and best practices with one another, as well as offer a source of emotional support and encouragement.
Foster parents who are unable to care for the foster child for brief periods of time (e.g. when on overseas trips) may request for respite care from another foster parent during this period.
To assist in the financial cost of caring for the foster child, MSF provides the following:
Foster parents enjoy childcare leave benefits for their foster children, just as natural parents do under the Child Development Co-Savings Act and Employment Act. With the leave benefits, foster parents who work can utilise the leave to take care of their foster children, for example to bring their foster children to see a doctor when they are ill.
You can refer to the following websites for more details on the childcare leave schemes: