$8m scheme to boost fostercare system

DEDICATED agencies that will support parents in better caring for foster children placed with them will be set up in a three-year pilot, in a move to have more of these children cared for in families instead of children’s homes.

These fostering agencies will provide counselling, training and other services to these parents.

The agencies’ roles also include recruiting and screening parents, and raising awareness about the need for foster parents.

These functions are now carried out by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), but from next year, it will appoint voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) to set up these agencies.

The idea is to have the agencies staffed with social workers who know the problems on the ground and can focus on helping these parents and children, instead of having MSF administrators handle them.

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