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Our Services
Foster Care Service

Foster Care Service provides out-of-home family care for children who cannot receive adequate family care due to various family problems. Children are placed under the care of foster families and continue to enjoy family life until they can return home, join an adoptive family or live independently.

 

Foster Care (Emergency) Service provides out-of-home family care for children who require immediate or short term residential service due to emergency or crisis situations in their families. Children are placed under the care of foster families and continue to enjoy family life and happiness for at most six weeks until they can return home or secure a long-term residential placement.

 

Service Target

  • Foster Care Service and Foster Care (Emergency) Service provide care for children aged under 18 years of age.
  • Apart from normal children, foster care service is also rendered to children with special needs, such as mildly physically or mentally handicapped children and children with health problems.

 

Service Objectives

  • To establish children's welfare plans according to their individual needs, and to ensure children enjoy stable family life and receive adequate care in foster families.
  • To protect and promote children's health and welfare, and to work on children's holistic growth and development.

 

Service Capacity

Foster Care Service is 45

Foster Care (Emergency) Service is 25

 

Service Content

  • Matching foster children with suitable foster families to ensure stable living and growth environment for the children.
  • Supervision, training and support for foster families to ensure adequate care, teachings, educational assistance and holistic development are given to foster children.
  • Counseling is provided to foster children through regular visits. Welfare plans are developed based on the foster children's individual needs and family status.

 

Charges

Free food and accommodation, but parents and guardians are responsible for the child’s personal expenses.

 

Admission & Discharge

  • All applications are referred by social workers from Social Welfare Department or NGOs to St. Christopher’s Home via the Central Foster Care Unit of the Social Welfare Department. For Foster Care (Emergency) Service Referral, please contact St. Christopher’s Home from referring workers
  • Generally speaking, children discharged from the service will go through the joint discussion of the Referring Officer, Foster Care Worker and the child's parents / guardians.

 

Becoming Foster Parents

Anyone who is interested in becoming a foster parent is welcome to contact our Foster Care Service Unit on 3583 0411.