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Service Description of Foster Care Service


Foster Care

Foster Care provides residential family care to children under 18 years of age whose parents cannot adequately take care of them due to various reasons, so that they can continue to enjoy family life until they can re-unite with their families, join an adoptive family or live independently.


Foster Care (Emergency)

Foster Care (Emergency) provides immediate and short-term residential family care to children under 18 years of age, whose parents cannot care for them because of emergency or crisis situations, so that they can continue to enjoy family life  until they can reunite with their families or secure a long-term placement. The duration of care should not exceed 6 weeks.



Television Announcement in the Public Interest:

Your Family Care Can Enrich a Child's Life

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Foster Care Leaflet

PDF Document Leaflet



Video:Unforgettable Moments in Foster Care






Target Groups


Foster Child in need of Foster Care or Foster Care (Emergency)
Child between newborn and under 18 years of age, normal in health and intelligence or mildly mentally handicapped.


Foster parents
The ideal foster parents should preferably have:
 - good health and stable emotion
 - reached the age of 25 or above
 - primary education standard or above
 - tidy, clean and safe living condition with adequate living space
 - fondness for children and have experience and ability in child care
 - arrange adequate care plan for the child
 - readiness to accept social worker's investigation and guidance
  (Persons who do not fully meet the above conditions are welcome to contact Central Foster Care Unit for consideration on individual case)



Training Programs for Foster Care Service and other Program


 Topic of Training Program Date  Target  Venue

Talk (1): Bonding between Foster Parent and Children

Objectives: To equip foster parents with skills in bonding with foster children for positive parent-child interaction.

Speaker: Mr. IP Yee-ting, Clinical Psychologist In-charge of the   Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay


Around 70 foster parents Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre

Talk(2): Understanding Specific Learning Disabilities

Objectives: To enable foster parents to get knowledge of “Specific Learning Disability”, and learn how to manage children with its disability.

Speakers: (i) Dr. Henny LO, Senior Medical Officer of Health Department (ii) Ms W.Y.LAU, Clinical Psychologist of Health Department

7.7.2017 Around 60 foster parents Sheung Shui Integrated Family Service Centre


Central Foster Care Unit of Social Welfare Department will try its best to provide foster parents with support, inlcuding organizing training workshops & talks regularly particularly paying attention to their needs of training related to care for foster children.  Its social workers will also conduct Liaison & Sharing Group in different districts regularly to collect opinions of foster parents and to identify their needs for continuous improvement and development of foster care.
For more information about the training programmes for foster care service held in the past twelve months, please click the file below for viewing

PDF Document Training Programs for Foster Care Service (2016)


Information on Service Statistics



As at the end of June 2017, the service statistics on foster care are as follows:

No. of Foster Homes 887
No. of Foster Children in Placement 922



Application Procedures


For Children in need of Foster Care Placement
Please contact integrated family service centres, medical social work units or other social service units for interviews and referrals.


For Families interested to become Foster Parents
Please contact Central Foster Care Unit of the Social Welfare Department
Room 2202, 22/F., Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel. No.: 2573 2282
Fax No.: 2573 2120

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday
8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays



Fees and Charges



Foster care is free of charge.  Foster parents will receive Foster Care Allowance for maintenance of foster children's monthly expenses.  In addition, they will receive incentive payment which is non-taxable.



Intranet of Foster Care Service



'Intranet of Foster Care' is a newsletter published by the Central Foster Care Unit. The content of the Newsletter includes the latest development of foster care, programme forecast on training and publicity, etc. It aims at facilitating foster parents, foster children, referring workers and foster care workers, to attain a better understanding of the service development and enhance their mutual communication for a smooth cooperation.

Our most recent Newsletters (in Chinese version only) are placed below for your reference :

Dec 2016 PDF Document (Page 1-8)
Feb 2016 PDF Document (Page 1-8)
Sept 2015 PDF Document (Page 1-8)