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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

 

 

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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
Course (1): Bonding between Foster Parent and Children (Talk)

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

Speaker: 
1) Mr. IP Yee-ting, Clinical Psychologist In-charge of the   Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay
 
30.6.2017 Around 70 foster parents Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre
Course (2): Understanding Specific Learning Disabilities (Talk)

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

Speakers:
1) Dr. Henny LO, Senior Medical Officer of Health Department
2) Ms W.Y.LAU, Clinical Psychologist of Health Department
 
7.7.2017 Around 60 foster parents Sheung Shui Integrated Family Service Centre
Course (3): Integrated Course on Foster Care: 
                    * Total 4 sessions


    Session I: How a Stable and Loving Foster
    Parent-child Relationship affect a Child's
    Emotion and Behavior.


Objectives:
1) To refresh the mission and objectives of foster care
2) To understand basic concepts of child behavior and attachment from a neuropsychological perspective

Speakers:
1) Clinical Psychologist of Clinical Psychology Unit of SWD;
2) Social worker of Central Foster Care Unit of SWD
 
9.10.2017 Around 60 foster parentsAround 40 foster parents Tuen Mun Town Hall
    Session II: Tips to look after Foster Children
    with Special Educational Needs


Objectives:
1) To understand concepts of child psychosocial development
2) To learn ways to help Foster Children with special educational needs

Speakers:
1) Clinical Psychologist of Clinical Psychology Unit
2) Social Worker of Central Foster Care Unit of SWD
 
30.10.2017 Around 40 foster parents Wu Shan Road Community Hall (Tuen Mun)
    Session III: Know Yourself and Know Your
    Foster Child – Be a Capable Foster Parent


Objectives:
1) To get knowledge and skills in handling foster children with behavioral or emotional problems
2) To acquire skills of management of stress in childcare.

Speakers:
1) Clinical Psychologist of Clinical Psychology Unit
2) Social Worker of Central Foster Care Unit of SWD
 
20.11.2017 Around 40 foster parents Wu Shan Road Community Hall (Tuen Mun)
    Session IV: The Wellbeing of Foster Children 
    and their Relationship with Foster Parents and
    Birth Parents


Objectives:
1) To equip foster parents with communication skills in getting co-operation from birth homes;
2) To help foster children re-build intimate relationship with their birth parents for future family reunion

Speakers:
1) Clinical Psychologist of Clinical Psychology Unit of SWD
2) Social Worker of Central Foster Care Unit of SWD
 
11.12.2017 Around 40 foster parents Wu Shan Road Community Hall
(Tuen Mun)
Course 4: Tips for conducting Home Assessment on Person applying for being Foster Home (Workshop)

Objectives:
1) To share good practices in doing evaluation on applicant’s family conditions and child care capability
2) To learn good elements and skills required for conducting a home assessment

Speakers:
1) Oi/c Central Foster Care Unit of SWD and Supervisors of Foster Care Team (Hong Kong Family Welfare Society & Hong Kong Christian Service)
2)  Clinical Psychologist of Clinical  Psychology Unit of SWD
 
12.1.2018 Around 60 Foster Care Workers 9/F, Revenue Tower, 5 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

 

 
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 September 2017, the service statistics on foster care are as follows:

No. of Foster Homes 884
No. of Foster Children in Placement 874

 

 

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)