1. WHAT IS 100 HOMES?

100 Homes is a fostering initiative by Love Singapore network of churches. We serve as a platform to increase the awareness of fostering among Christians and churches. Our goal is to raise a hundred new Christian foster families to care for the vulnerable children in our society, so that they may get to experience the love, care and security that they need.

We partner various Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) appointed fostering agencies as well as a Christian fostering network to offer a holistic support to churches and families who are considering fostering and all throughout your fostering journey.

  1. Who are the fostering agencies and partners that 100 Homes works with?

100 Homes partners with with 3 MSF appointed agencies – Gracehaven Fostering, Boys’ Town Fostering Services and Epworth Foster Care. We also partner Home for Good Singapore which is a network of Christian foster families in Singapore.

More info on each partner can be found on their respective websites.

  1. WHY DID WE CHOOSE THE NUMBER 100?

The number one hundred is inspired by the parable of the lost sheep found in the bible. The story speaks of a shepherd who owns a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away. Jesus shares how the shepherd loves each sheep so dearly that he leaves the ninety-nine on the hill and goes out to seek the one that is lost. When the shepherd he finds the missing one, his joy surpasses just seeing the ninety-nine that did not wander off.

In a similar way, we want to declare that every child is precious and every life matters. We want to inspire and call the church of Singapore to seek out the vulnerable children around us so that these children may get to experience the love and care of a family.

  1. IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FOSTERING AND ADOPTION?

Yes, a foster child remains as the legal child of his or her natural parents while an adopted child assumes the rights of a natural child of the family. Fostering is a temporary care arrangement and the ultimate goal is to reunite the child with his or her natural parents.

  1. WHO ARE THE CHILDREN WHO NEED FOSTER CARE?

In most cases, children are in foster care because they have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Some of them also have parents who cannot care for them due to imprisonment, physical or mental illness or death of parent(s). These children can be as young as newborns and up to the age of 18 years old.

  1. HOW LONG DOES A FOSTER CHILD STAY WITH A FOSTER FAMILY?

The duration of foster care can range from a few months to a few years and varies from child to child depending on his or her family situation. The end goal of fostering is to reunite the children back to their natural families, when it is most suitable.

  1. WHAT SHOULD I CONSIDER BEFORE FOSTERING?

Here are some questions to help kick-start your consideration to foster:

  • Are my family and I ready to accept a foster child into our home?
  • Are we ready to commit to love the foster child as our own family member, to give them love and hope for an undefined period of time?
  • Are my spouse and I willing to work with the fostering agencies, social workers and other professionals for the child’s best interest?
  • Are we mentally prepared for the child to return to his or her natural family when the time comes?

  1. CAN I CHOOSE WHICH CHILD TO FOSTER?

You may indicate your preference on the gender and age of the child you wish to foster during the application process. Matching of the child will depend on his/her needs as well as your ability to care for the child.

  1. IS THERE AN ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA TO QUALIFY AS A FOSTER PARENT?

As a foster parent, you should:

  • Be at least 25 years old and married
  • Be a resident of Singapore
  • Be medically fit to care for children
  • Have a minimum household income of $2,000 and a PCI of at least $700*
  • Have a secondary school education
  • Be willing to ensure a child-safe home environment
  • Have experience in caring for children

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

The criteria listed above serves as a guide and all applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the approved fostering agencies. The assessment process will also include multiple interviews, home visits and medical screenings.

  1. IS THERE A TRIAL OR ORIENTATION PERIOD BEFORE I DECIDE TO FOSTER?

We encourage you to attend one of the Fostering Tea Sessions co-organised by the fostering agencies. At these sessions, you will get to meet existing foster families, hear about their journeys and ask any questions you might have. Fill in the form to be updated on the next upcoming session.

  1. WHAT TYPE OF SUPPORT WILL I RECEIVE AS A FOSTER PARENT?

Rest assured that your are not alone on your fostering journey. Here are some of the support you will receive:

  • Formal induction and training sessions with resources and toolkits to equip you with useful knowledge and skills for your fostering journey.
  • Dedicated foster care officer who will provide support as well as a 24 hour emergency hotline if needed.
  • Childcare leave benefits.
  • A monthly allowance to cover your foster child’s food, clothing, transportation, school fees and other daily needs.
  • Subsides for childcare, student care and medical needs.
  • Option to be connected with Home for Good Singapore, a network of Christian foster families. The network provides fellowship, prayer support, encouragement and a community to journey together.

  1. I AM UNABLE TO BE A FOSTER PARENT. ARE THERE OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT?

Yes, there are many other ways you can support. Here are some suggestions:

Volunteer with your skills and resources
Help is always welcomed! You can be a respite caregiver, a tutor, organise playdates or simply offer car pool rides. Volunteer opportunities do vary by season, do drop us a text for the most updated list of helps needed.

Be a voice for fostering in your church and community
Help us to raise the awareness on fostering and spread the word for us to anyone who has the same heart for the vulnerable children. Invite us to your church to share more about fostering with your pastors, ministry leaders, congregation and even cell groups.

Pray for them
Pray for the children, their families as well as the fostering community. Join us for a monthly Love Singapore Fostering prayer session that happens every 4th Monday morning of the month. Set aside 100 minutes as we play for the Lord to raise 100 Christian foster families. Contact us for full meeting details.

  1. HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?

Simply fill in the form or email us at 100homes@heartbeatproject.sg and we will be in touch with you. In accordance with the PDPA, your information will be kept confidential and used for these purposes only.