No time like the present to be a foster parent

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 April, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 April, 1996, 12:00am

In response to S K Lee's question (South China Morning Post, March 13), yes, Hong Kong does have foster parents, but too few for all the children in need of temporary or permanent foster care.

I believe the reason there are so few is because many people see the need and yet so few attempt to meet that need.

Hong Kong is a society where most people look only to their own family's needs.

People say they have often thought they might like to foster but they don't have the time, or the space, or the money and they worry their own children would suffer as a result.

I can safely assure you that if you meet the Social Welfare Department requirements then you can foster, you don't need a large home or lots of money, you do need time and commitment and yes your children will be affected but they needn't suffer for it.

You don't have to be Chinese or even local to foster (though obviously you need to have a commitment to stay a year or so) as not all children are locally adopted and a few benefit from being placed in European families.

So don't wait for the 'right' time, the time is never right, particularly here in Hong Kong, the right time is now and if you've ever said 'I'd love to foster but . . .' forgot the 'but' and just do it. Hong Kong's children in care need families who can do something to meet their needs and not just see the need and talk about someone else meeting it.

S W WONG Causeway Bay