What is a foster family?
A foster family is a family approved by the Central Foster Care Unit (CFCU) of the Social Welfare Department to provide temporary physical care, nurture and emotional support to children placed with them for planned, goal-directed services which will support the permanency plan of these children.
- Foster families are vital partners in the foster care team
- Foster parents are part of the team and must work closely with all parties involved in the child's life, based on mutual understanding and co-operation with each other
- Foster parents share challenges, frustrations and satisfaction as they help and care for a child in need
Foster parents may choose to leave the service at any time or they may be asked to leave the service if they no longer meet the eligibility criteria.
What is day foster care?
- To provide day family care to children whose families are having difficulties or without support.
- The children would be cared for by the foster families for a maximum of 12 hours every day. The birth parents of the children will take back the child from foster families at night.
- Placements are usually for more than six months.
Who are eligible to become foster parents?
- Fondness for children and experience and ability with child care.
- Healthy marriage and stable family relationships.
- Good health: physical and emotional.
- Tidy, clean and safe living conditions with sufficient living space.
- One of the parents must be a full-time primary care-giver.
- Aged 25 or above.
- Minimum of a primary education standard.
- Willingness to accept social worker’s investigation and supervision, and co-operate with foster child’s birth family.
How to apply to become foster parents?
||To obtain an application form, please contact Central Foster Care Unit, Social Welfare Department
||If you have special interest in fostering children with special needs, please contact us at
||Along with the application form, you will need to include proof of income, one family photo, names and contact telephone numbers of two referees, and a chest X-ray report of the female applicant (the primary caregiver).
||Mother's Choice will conduct an interview and home visit with you and your family and prepare your application for the Central Foster Care Unit of the Social Welfare Department.
||When the application is accepted, you will be approved to be foster parents. You will then be invited to attend pre-service training before the commencement of foster care placement.
||Mother's Choice will introduce you to the child before placement begins and follow up with monthly supervision and support.