Support for Foster Parents
Roles and Responsibilities of Foster Parents
We are looking for loving and caring homes for these vulnerable children. Foster care is child-centered and family-focused. Our children need shelter, safety, food, love, education, security and an opportunity to play and interact with other children.
Getting Support as a Foster Parent
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.
1. Support from Foster Care Officer (FCO)
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.
2. Induction and Training
First-time foster parents are provided with inductions and trainings to equip you with the skills needed to care for your foster child. Trainings are usually held on weekends.
Training Curriculum for Foster Parents
- Foster Care in Context
- Bonding and Attachment
- Grief and Loss
- Abuse and Trauma
- Identity and Birth Family Contact (Access)
- Managing Challenging Situations
- Managing Closure
3. Emergency Hotline
In case of emergency, foster parents will be able to obtain immediate support via our emergency hotline available 24/7.
4. Support Groups
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.
5. Respite Care
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.
6. Financial Support
To assist in the financial cost of caring for the foster child, MSF provides the following:
- Fostering Allowance - For every foster child under your care, MSF provides you with a monthly allowance of S$936 or S$1,114 (for a child with special needs). The allowance will cover the daily expenses of the child such as food, clothing, education, tuition, transport expense, etc.
- Childcare and Medical Subsidies - Foster parents who wish to place the foster child in a student, child or infant care centre will only need to pay a maximum of S$200. MSF also provides every foster child with a Medical Fee Exemption Card (MFEC) to cover all medical expenses at polyclinics and Government hospitals.