Our mission is to provide quality and enlightened experience for children in foster care placements. We seek to create opportunities for children to thrive and grow using community resources and our qualified staff. The primary goal is to have each child placed in a safe, nurturing family who will seek out a child's needs and fulfil them. Ultimately, we wish to facilitate the reunification of children with their natural families.
The Fostering Service aims at offering a family experience to those children who, for some reason or another cannot live with their birth parents. The situations which may lead to fostering include parents' death, familial crises, conflicts arising between parents, difficulties in parental capacity, illnesses, drug and/or alcohol abuse, imprisonment of parents and child abuse that includes physical, sexual and emotional abuse, or neglect.
Furthermore, if it transpires that it is in the best interest of the children to return back with their birth parents, fostering too can contribute to helping children re-integrate within their natural family. Throughout the foster care placement, these children would be provided with the opportunity to live within a family environment, whereby they can get the love and security they need. This opportunity can offer the stability much required by the children in order for them to be able to develop their abilities and character. Therefore, the benefits reaped from the experience in living with a foster care family are long-lasting.
Persons interested in becoming foster carers are required to attend a pre-service training course. An assessment will follow, prior to the compilation of a home-study report which will be used to determine whether the applicants would be approved as foster carers by the Fostering Board. A team of qualified social workers provide monitoring, supervision, guidance and support to foster care families. The team's agenda also includes the provision of on-going training and education to foster carers. All this is done to ensure the best possible service to children placed in their care.
The Agency's aim is to continue to develop this service and to create a nationwide awareness that foster care is the best alternative for children living in out-of-home care.
Aims & Objectives
- To inform and educate the general public about the importance of foster care and what it entails;
- to recruit, train and assess new prospective foster carers so as to match adequately the needs of the child in need of a foster care family, according to the strengths of the foster carers;
- to offer support to the foster carers through supervision of placements, continuous training and support groups.
Persons interested in becoming foster carers may apply online by downloading a form from here