Fostering and adoption are entirely different.
For adoption, the adopted child assumes the rights of the natural child in the family via legal means, whereas fostering does not take away the child’s identity as part of his/her natural family.
Foster children are unable to live with their own families for reasons that include abuse, neglect, abandonment, or that their parents are unable to care for them. Foster families help to provide support to these children, taking care of their well-being and holistic development in a safe and nurturing home environment until he/she is ready to be integrated back into his/her own family.
With the growing number of foster families needed in Singapore, this led a group of final year students of National Technological University to drive this initiative, Coming Home, to raise awareness of foster care in Singapore among young working adults and tertiary students. Coming Home seeks to encourage these young adults to open their hearts and homes to children in need of care.
Partnering our local homegrown brand, New Moon, the organization and students are championing the drive to help raise funds to support MCYC Community Services Society (MCYC) and its fostering roles.
Foster Connections @ MCYC
In June 2015, Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) appointed MCYC to set up a fostering agency to increase its outreach to a larger community, raise greater awareness on fostering and recruit more foster parents. MCYC’s fostering agency is called Foster Connections@MCYC. It commenced operations on 1st September 2015.
As a fostering agency, Foster Connections@MCYC administers the Fostering Scheme for children below the age of 18 years old. It helps to provide a familial-based care option for children-in-care so that they can grow up in a safe environment with a full experience of family life. It is hoped that in such a family environment, these children-in-care can develop to their fullest potential.
Read real stories from foster families here.
Wish to be a foster family? Find out what the requirements are.
How Can We Help?
- Snap a photo that captures the warmth and joy of family.
- Share it on your Instagram with the hashtag #NewMoonXComingHome.
Post a picture that captures the warmth and joy of family on Instagram using #NewMoonXComingHome and New Moon will donate up to $5000 to MCYC Community Services Society. Do note that only one photo per Instagram account will contribute to the goal!
Start spreading the love this festive season and encourage your family and friends to participate too!
*To fully support this campaign, please ensure that your Instagram account is public so that your image can be viewed.
This initiative runs till end Jan 2016, so post away and share it with your friends!
Will you be hashtagging to help these foster children in Singapore too? :)