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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
FC tv

 

Foster Care Leaflet

PDF Document Leaflet

 

Video:
 

 i) Unforgettable Moments in Foster Care
Unforgettable Moments in Foster Care

Acknowledgement: Xinhua News Agency Asia-Pacific Regional BureauAcknowledgement: Xinhua News Agency Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau

   
 

ii) We are all parents
We are all parents

Acknowledgement: RTHK Public Affairs Unit
 

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:
 - happy family life and stable living
 - 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, experience and ability in child care
 - arrangement of 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

 

 
The Central Foster Care Unit (CFCU) of the Social Welfare Department provides foster parents with support which includes organizing regular training workshops & talks particularly paying attention to their needs in taking care of foster children.  CFCU social workers also run Liaison & Sharing Group in different districts regularly to collect foster parents’ opinions and to identify their needs, with a view for achieving continuous improvement and development of foster care.
For more information about the training programmes on foster care service held in the past 12 months, please click the file below -
 Training Programs for Foster Care Service 2017

 
  In 2018-2019, we, together with foster care agencies, will continue to organize training workshops & talks which includes the following workshops held in May 2018-In 2018-19 year, we, together with foster care agencies, will organize training workshops & talks –
 Topic of Training Program Date  Target  Venue
Course (1):Effective stress management of foster parents

Objective: To equip foster parents with skills in stress management in childcare

Speaker:
Social worker of Central Foster Care Unit of Social Welfare Department
 
9-5-2018 Around 30 foster parents Tuen Mun Town Hall
Course (2):Effective learning process of foster children

Objective: To enable foster parents to get knowledge of “effective learning”, and learn how to enhance the effectiveness of children’s learning process.

Speaker:
Social worker of Central Foster Care Unit of Social Welfare Department
 
16-5-2018 Around 30 foster parents Tuen Mun Town Hall
Course (3):From a better self-understanding to better understand children’s needs

Objective: To facilitate foster parents to better understand themselves and learn how to handle children’s needs properly

Speaker:
Social worker of Central Foster Care Unit of Social Welfare Department
 
30-5-2018 Around 30 foster parents Tuen Mun Town Hall
Course (4):Early identification and intervention on suspected child abuse

Objectives:
1) to enhance foster care workers’ knowledge on early identification of suspected child abuse
2) to enhance foster care workers’ knowledge on proper procedures, points to note and skills in handling suspected child abuse

Speakers:
1) Dr. LEE Lai-ping, Medical Coordinator of Child Abuse, Hospital Authority
2) Mr. LAU Tak-hon, Paul, Social Work Officer, Family and Child Protective Services Unit (Central Western, Southern and Islands)
 
21-9-2018 Around 60 foster care workers G/F., Sai Ying Pun Community Complex, 2 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong.
Course (5):Let the Children Growth from game experience (Workshop)

Objectives:
1) to equip foster parents’ development of positive parent-child relationship and foster child’s independence through games
2) to enhance foster parents’ parenting skills in taking care of foster children

Speakers:
1) Ms SM LAI, social worker/TWGHs Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Service
2) Mr. Gordon POON, experienced social worker
 
4-12-2018 Around 50 foster parents Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre
 
  Besides, we will, in collaboration with the Clinical Psychologists of our Department’s Clinical Psychology Unit, conduct a series of training workshops & talks later on this financial year.  The details will be announced later.

 

 

 

Information on Service Statistics

 

 
As at the end of June 2018, the service statistics on foster care are as follows:
No. of Foster Homes 867
No. of Foster Children in Placement 912

 

 

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 :

Sept 2017 (Page 1-8)
Dec 2016 PDF Document (Page 1-8)
Feb 2016 PDF Document (Page 1-8)
Sept 2015 PDF Document (Page 1-8)