Foster Care

'They need a home and I'm in love with them'

A decade of foster care has added two members to the family of Kathryn Lee. The 43-year-old has cared for 15 children since she started fostering 11 years ago and adopted two children.

Saturday, 21 May, 2011, 12:00am

Call to relax adoption laws with more children waiting

The government has been urged to relax the rules for child adoption in Hong Kong as the number of children waiting for help keeps growing.

21 May 2011 - 12:00am

Couple face child abduction counts

Police in Toronto say an immigrant couple from Hong Kong were each charged with two counts of child abduction for attempting to fly from Canada to Hong Kong with their children, who had been in the care of foster parents under a court ruling because of neglect.

27 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Questions as father jailed for child abuse

A welfare official has admitted there might have been holes in the assessment of an unemployed couple who were allowed to keep their younger son after they were convicted for hitting his older brother three years ago.

On Thursday, the husband was jailed for two years for severely injuring the younger boy. He had pleaded guilty to wounding with intent.

25 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

It's not a job, it's caring, says foster mum

In July 2007, when a neighbour asked Peng Lianqi , 45, and her husband whether they wanted to become foster parents to a boy with brain and spinal problems, it took them only a few days to decide they would. Six months later she took in another boy with harelip from the same foreign-funded foster home, which sponsors orphans for surgery and provides post-surgical care until adoption.

31 May 2009 - 12:00am

More families seek help amid downturn

Demand for temporary care of children may increase slightly, while that for counselling has shot up as families affected by the economic downturn seek help to sort through their problems.

Director of Social Welfare Stephen Fisher said overall demand for foster care remained steady, but warned of an increase in the need for short-term care, which lasts six weeks.

5 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Day-care services fall short: group

A social service group has called on the government to promote community networking to relieve the demand for day-care services after a survey of at-risk children found about 70 per cent had at some time been left at home unattended.

21 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Couple give up girl adopted 7 years ago

Diplomat and wife turn out daughter they gave a home to; hunt for new parents draws a blank

A high-ranking diplomat and his wife have given up to Hong Kong authorities the daughter they adopted seven years ago in Korea when she was just four months old.

The diplomat and his wife handed the girl over to the Social Welfare Department last year.

9 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Splitting of family draws Legco fire

Social Welfare Department challenged over 'last resort' care order from court to put one-year-old into residential home

Social welfare officials may face questions in the Legislative Council about why a 'last resort' court order was obtained to remove a one-year-old boy from his family before all other options had been exhausted.

6 May 2006 - 12:00am

Foster care ordered for 'flown alone' boy

An 11-year-old boy abandoned by his mother in the US and put alone on a flight to Hong Kong will be placed in a foster home.

A court ruled the boy should be committed to the care of his father over the next 12 months under Social Welfare Department supervision, but this would mean a period in a foster home while it was determined whether they could rebuild their relationship.

9 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Small group homes no substitute for good foster care

In the report headlined 'Unwanted boy pines for mother in Chicago' (South China Morning Post, May 18), it was mentioned that the boy is in Chuk Yuen Children's Reception Centre and that the 'existing arrangement to keep the boy in foster care is only an interim measure'.

29 May 2001 - 12:00am

Reception centre the best place for 10-year-old boy

I refer to the letter from Charles O'Brien headlined 'Vulnerable child should be looked after in family setting' (South China Morning Post, April 27).

With out-of-home care for children, the Social Welfare Department (SWD) adheres to the service principle that a family setting is preferred over an institutional setting.

3 May 2001 - 12:00am

Outcry over HK parents' foster plan

A Hong Kong couple is under investigation after putting their child up for foster care in Vancouver so he could receive a Canadian education while they worked in the SAR.

2 May 2001 - 12:00am

Families shy away from perceived stigma of handicapped children, says group

A major education campaign was called for yesterday to bring together parents wanting foster children and children unable to find homes because they are mentally or physically disabled.

23 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Foster parents 'need aid'

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.

14 Nov 1997 - 12:00am