More fostered kids, but still rare for them to be adopted

The Ministry of Social and Family Development is encouraging families who are able to love and provide for children to step up and consider adopting the ones who have no homes to return to.
The Ministry of Social and Family Development is encouraging families who are able to love and provide for children to step up and consider adopting the ones who have no homes to return to.PHOTO: ST FILE

MSF urges able, willing families to consider adopting those with no homes to return to

While the number of children in foster care has increased markedly over the last five years, it remains uncommon for these children to be adopted eventually.

Last year, 509 children aged below 18 here were placed in foster families either because they have been abused, neglected or abandoned, or their parents were unable to care for them.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 13, 2018, with the headline 'More fostered kids, but still rare for them to be adopted'. Print Edition | Subscribe