We provide a safe, caring, temporary family environment for children whose parents cannot adequately care for them due to various reasons. We work in the best interest of the child with the ultimate aim of enabling each child to join his/her permanent family as soon as possible.
Mother’s Choice provides temporary residential family care to children under 18 years of age whose parents cannot adequately care for them due to various reasons. Our goal is to reduce the length of time for a child in foster care and to provide the best quality care possible during the time they are in our foster care program.
HOW WE DO IT
First and foremost, our work focuses on the best interest of the child. When a child comes into our foster care program, we conduct a comprehensive assessment to understand his/her needs, including physical, educational, and legal. We also work closely with the birth family, foster family, and other agencies to prepare a realistic permanent plan for the child, which can include family reunion, adoption, or independence. Our holistic care for the child includes:
- Support groups and mentorship
- Recreational activities
- Referrals to professional services including physical therapy and tutoring
- Advocacy for children who are “stuck”
Support for Foster Families
Our foster families play a crucial role in ensuring that a child receives the best care during his/her stay with us. We conduct a thorough screening of each foster family to ensure that the home meets the needs of the foster child. We empower our foster parents to create an enriching environment for children through:
- Regular training and workshops
- Support groups and mentorship
We raise public awareness about the needs of the child, especially those who are “stuck” in the system, and encourage families to step forward to serve as foster parents. In addition, we share our experiences and best practices with other agencies to increase collaboration and improve Hong Kong’s foster care system as a whole.
It’s been 10 years since I became a foster parent. I recently opened our photo album and looked at an adorable photo of when she was six years old. When I look at her now, I can’t believe that she is already 16! Time really flies. Over the past 10 years, I have gone from an ordinary housewife to someone who can take care of a child with special needs. It’s been a wonderful experience but it was not always easy.
Now that I’ve watched her grow to become more and more independent each year, I deeply feel that I made the right choice to become a foster parent. I am thankful to have attended quite a few talks and training sessions which has given me knowledge that I did not receive in school. I’ve learnt a new culture and it has also widened my social life.
Thanks to Mother’s Choice, my foster daughter has a brighter future and it makes me also want to work hard to do an even better job.
We care for up to 80 children in our foster care program at any given time
The Problem todayHong Kong children under foster care typically spend an average of 3.5 years in the foster care system. Many are often “stuck” in what should have been a temporary arrangement, sometimes until they age out of the system at 18 years-old with little or no on-going support.
YEARS IN FOSTER CARE