The Fostering Scheme by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) serves as an alternative care arrangement for children in need of a conducive home environment.

"Foster families provide a stable and caring place where they can grow and see hope again," said Ms Fong Wai Mian, the senior assistant director of MSF's Fostering Service.

The criteria to be foster parents are as follows:

  • Must be Singapore residents
  • Preferably married
  • At least 25 years old
  • Medically fit to care for children
  • Must not be recipients of the Public Assistance Scheme
  • Must not depend on the fostering allowance of $936 a month as a main source of income

Those who are interested may call MSF's inquiry line at 6354 8799.