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Children in Care - Foster Children and Foster Parents

Children in Care - Foster Children and Foster Parents

Singapore's out-of-home care sector provides care for vulnerable children and young persons (CYPs) who have been abused, neglected or abandoned, and are in need of care and protection. These CYPs are placed in alternative care arrangements such as foster care or residential care. Out-of-home care (OHC) is usually a temporary arrangement, until it is safe for the children and young persons to return home to their families.

MSF began our efforts to transform the OHC sector in 2013, and moved towards placing more children in family-based care instead of in residential care. Under the Fostering Scheme, vulnerable CYPs are cared for in foster families, who provide them with a safe and nurturing home environment. The proportion of children cared for by foster families has grown from about 29% in 2013 to 49% in 2020. MSF stepped up the recruitment of foster families and doubled the number of foster families from 2013 to 2020, allowing us to place more vulnerable children in foster care. MSF is still looking for more families to step forward as foster parents and hopes to continue increasing the pool of foster families so that more children can benefit from a home-based environment

Number of CYPs in Foster Care, as at 31 Dec of the Specified Year

  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016  2017 2018  2019  2020
Children in 
Foster Care
338 311 309 335 362 430  509  535 545  543



Number of Foster Families, as at 31 Dec of the Specified Year

  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016  2017 2018  2019 2020 
Foster Families 227 243 243 282 357 420 456 498  530  564



Download: Foster Care Statistics

Source: Ministry of Social and Family Development

Statistics were last updated on 8 May 2021

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