Foster parents 'need aid'

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 November, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 November, 1997, 12:00am

Extra help should be offered to foster parents to encourage more to take in children under two, the Hong Kong Family Welfare Society said yesterday.

A survey of 62 foster parents conducted by the organisation found that 40 per cent were unwilling to accept a child under two.

The parents did not want to be committed to regular check-ups and intensive physical care such as feeding and toilet training.

The baby's vulnerability and crying at night also caused stress and disruption, the survey found.

About 80 per cent of respondents agreed the Government should increase financial allowance to reflect greater effort.

The Social Welfare Department said there were 309 foster homes caring for 409 children, among them 36 under two.

Seventy-seven children, including 26 aged under two, were in the matching process.

A social welfare spokesman denied there were difficulties in matching the babies with foster families saying the attitude of the foster parents was more important.

He said the department had stepped up its efforts to encourage more foster parents to come forward.