Fostering is a journey for the foster children and parents. This means that fostering a child does not stop in signing the contract and fending for him/her right after. A foster parent must be able to provide the child’s physical, emotional and psychological needs all while adjusting to his/her new role. We help foster parents through the following services:
Platform for foster parents to network and share experiences with other foster parents facilitated by social work professionals.
Platform for foster children to share their experiences with other foster children and also for professionals to impart skills to help them cope/ manage their emotions.
This Webinar was held on 18 July 2020 and featured speakers from PERGAS and Office of the Mufti. This webinar comprised of participants who were foster parents, interested applicants and other industry professionals. This webinar was well-received as it touched on fostering and what Islam says about fostering.
Fostering in Singapore is a temporary care arrangement for children and young persons who need a safe, secure and loving home environment. While the foster children will remain the legal children of their natural parents, the end goal of fostering is to reunite foster children with their natural family.
There are many reasons as to why children need foster care in Singapore. Some reasons include abuse, neglect and abandonment.
There are various support and benefits for foster parents in Singapore. This includes monthly fostering allowances, medical benefits, respite care and childcare leave. Foster parents will also have access to training programmes and support groups to enhance their caregiving skills, and receive regular support from social workers.
The duration of foster care can range from a few months to a few years, and varies from child to child depending on the foster child’s natural family situation. As the foster children will remain the legal children of their natural parents, they will be reunited with their natural family at the end of the fostering process.
The fostering process in Singapore starts with the foster parents’ application through any of the accredited fostering agencies. Applicants need to be at least 25 years old, Singapore citizens or permanent residents, have attained at least Secondary School Education, and have a minimum household income of $2000 and per capita income of $700. Applicants will go through a series of interviews, and the process will take up to 3 months.