Family means no child gets left behind.
As we get used to spending more quality time with the fam given the semi-lockdown situation, it’s easy to take a happy home life for granted. While we love the baking and family game sessions, it’s important to take a reality check to spotlight the issue of vulnerable children who need foster care in Singapore.
The stats: more than 1,000 child protection cases (2019) investigated by the Ministry of Social and Family Development, and around 1,142 vulnerable children and young people who could not stay with their natural families due to abuse, neglect or abandonment (as of Dec 2019). The ideal solution? Mainly foster care, which enables these kids to grow up in a safe, family-based environment.
Our hearts go out to these vulnerable children, so we teamed up with Boys’ Town Fostering Services to raise awareness of its key programme that provides care for these kids.
Boys’ Town Fostering Services
Fostering is a temporary care arrangement for vulnerable children aged 18 and below. During this time, foster parents provide the child with love, care and guidance to ensure they grow up with a healthy family life. Social workers lend assistance with bimonthly home visits, training, financial subsidies, a 24-hour support hotline and more. Foster parents will also facilitate meetings between children and their biological parents to support their eventual reintegration to their birth families.
How you can help
Volunteer, donate or, better yet, foster a child in your own home! With the large number of children in need, the demand for foster care is increasing. So why not make a difference in the lives of a kid who needs to be safe and protected? If you want to help ensure no child gets left behind, foster a child and you might just change their lives. Learn more about foster care at Boys’ Town Fostering Services.
For more details, join Boys’ Town Fostering Services and Home for Good for a webinar on fostering children in Singapore on 18 July 2020 from 10am to 12pm. To register, email [email protected] or call +65 9113 7612.
This post is in partnership with Boys’ Town Fostering Services.