Ministry sets stricter rules on foster care

Potential parents must undergo 5-step screening process and training program

Foster parents who care for abandoned children with disabilities will in the future have to live in communities that offer a good level of medical care and have special education and rehabilitation facilities.

These are among the measures in a new regulation on foster family management that was released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs on Friday and will take effect on Dec 1.

“It is a further move to protect childrens welfare,” said Chen Rifa, a spokesman for the ministry.

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