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About the Children in Care Service




Artwork from Foster Children showcasing their playful aspirations and dreams

The Children in Care (CIC) Service was formed in 2013 to develop a coordinated strategy for, and maintain oversight of, the out-of-home care sector in Singapore. CIC aims to provide better outcomes for our children and youths in need.

There are two main types of out-of-home care options in Singapore – foster care and residential care.

1) Foster Care

We believe that family-based care is better for children as they are provided with personalised care and attention. We hope more foster parents will step forward so that more children can be cared for in a nurturing and loving home environment.

2) Residential Care

Residential Care provided by Voluntary Children’s Homes (VCH) is an alternative option to family-based care. VCHs provide shelter for children in need, as well as children or young persons in conflict with the law.