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Fostering Services

A family-based care service for vulnerable boys and girls

About our fostering service

In February 2015, Boys’ Town Fostering Services (BTFS) was appointed by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) as one of the first two pilot Fostering Agencies in Singapore and commenced its operations in November 2015. In 2019, BTFS expanded its services to support children under kinship care. BTFS supports children in care to achieve their potential through a stable, safe family environment that meets their needs. These children are referred by MSF Child Protective services.

Fostering is a temporary care arrangement that provides children under 18 years of age in need of a safe, stable and nurturing home. Children are placed on the Fostering Scheme due to welfare reasons and a lack of alternative kinship care arrangements.

Foster parents will treat the foster children as their own during this period of time – ensuring that their physical and emotional needs are met, attending to their medical needs (if any) and providing adequate guidance and supervision to these young children. They are expected to support meetings between the foster children and their natural family as part of the plan to reintegrate the foster children with their natural parents. Training will be provided for the foster parents to support the foster placements.

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"We are already cooking dinner and serving rice on our table, it’s just one more bowl for that child.” Meet Tiffany and Desmond as they share their journey fostering Carina* and why they decide to foster before having their own child.

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“I’m 12 years old but I feel like 100”, watch how foster family transformed the lives of Rizwan* and his sister.

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Jia Yi* used to hate reading as she could not read well. Watch how her foster family helped Jia Yi strengthen her reading skills while she looked forward to reuniting with her mummy!

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Be a foster parent

For children from disadvantaged backgrounds, foster care gives them a positive experience of family life, which they may not have had in their natural family setting. By fostering, you are enabling a child by not only providing the child with physical needs, but also meeting a child’s emotional needs so that the child can learn that he or she is worthy of love. Foster care also teaches them important lessons on how families show care and concern for one another.

Who can apply to be foster parents?
  • Singaporean/PR or foreigner who can commit for at least 3 years
  • At least 25 years old
  • Married and apply together as a couple
  • Medically fit to care for children
  • Have a minimum monthly household income of S$2,000 and a PCI of at least $700*
  • Have attained secondary school education
  • Have experience caring for and living with children and/or exhibit strong parenting skills
  • Willing to provide and ensure a child-safe home environment for the foster child
  • Willing to work with MSF and other professionals for the child’s best interest

* PCI = Per Capita Income = (Total household income) / (Total number of people in the household)

Apply to be a foster parent

If you are interested in being a foster parent or offering foster care, download the “Foster Parents Application Form” and email the completed form to fostering@boystown.org.sg or fill out the online inquiry form. We will get in touch with you within 3 working days of receiving your application form/inquiry form.

Every child deserves to grow up in a safe and happy environment

Alternatively, you may drop us an email at: fostering@boystown.org.sg or reach us at: 6690 5420.

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Fostering Services

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