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Why Residential Child Care Service for Disable Children ?

We believe that children should best be taken care by their families. However, there are times when families encounter difficulties and cannot take care of their children adequately due primarily to various family problems or crisis such as divorce, hospitalization or death of both or one of the parents. In such circumstances, the children may need Residential Child Care Service through which they are placed in approved foster families or small group homes to continue to receive family care till they can return to their own families, or are arranged to receive other long term care.

How can Residential Child Care Service for Disable Children help ?
  1. To provide substitute care in foster homes or small group homes for disabled children in a stable and safe family living environment for a period of time ;
  2. To protect and promote the health and welfare of children, and nurture their overall growth and development, including their physical, social, emotional and intellectual need ; and to encourage the development of potential, responsibility, self-esteem and self care of the children in care.
Who is eligible for their service ?
Foster Care Service
Children with age under 18 years of old assessed to have been suffering from mild grade mental retardation and cannot be adequately taken care by their families.
Small Group Home
Children with age between 6 to 18 years of old assessed to have been suffering from mild grade mental retardation and cannot be adequately taken care by their families.
What are the services included ?

The services provided include:

  1. Arrange disabled children to be taken care by foster families or small group homes;
  2. Arrange children to keep contact with their families;
  3. Provide counselling, arrange needed services and appropriate social and recreational services according to the children's need.
How can I use the service ?

People in need of this service can raise their application through a referring social worker. After receiving the application, our social worker will take the following steps to provide the services:

  1. Contact the children and their families to explore their needs;
  2. Match children with suitable foster homes or small group homes according to their needs;
  3. Arrange children and their families / guardians to meet with the foster families and the house parents of the small group homes.
  4. Arrange trial placement and evaluate the suitability to continue to place the children in the foster homes / small group homes at the end of the trial placement;
  5. Arrange children, their families and the foster families / house parents to meet together, to determine the placement contract and to arrange the children to be placed in the foster homes / small group homes;
  6. Regularly visit and contact the foster families / small group homes to explore the children's condition, arrange suitable services and support, and supervise the foster families / house parents to provide suitable care to the children;
  7. Arrange the children to maintain contact with their families;
  8. Arrange regular care review meetings for the children, their families, the foster families / house parents and other professionals concerned with the welfare of the children and their families, to evaluate the implementation of the foster care contracts, to determine if the children can return to their families or if they need other long term arrangement;
  9. Provide 3 months after care service when children leave the service and restore home.
Must I reside at the same district where your service unit is located before I can apply for this service ?

This service is a territory wide service, children and families living in any district over Hong Kong can apply for the service.

For the convenience of the service users and to avoid causing unnecessary disruptions to the schooling of the children, the applicants could be placed in Small Group Homes near to their schools. Our Small Group Home are located in Tin Shui Wai, Fanling and Kwai Chung.

You can contact our Foster Care Service through the following:
Address:
Rooms 103 and 104, 1st Floor,
Princess Alexandra Community Centre,
60, Tai Ho Road, Tsuen Wan, N.T.
Hong Kong SAR, China
Telephone:
+852 2492 6088
Fax:
+852 2411 6400
E-mail:
fcs@hkcs.org
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 8:45 am - 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 5:33 pm.
Saturday 8:45 am - 1:00 pm.
You can contact our Small Group Home Service through the following:
Address:
5/F Granvill Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Telephone:
+852 2731 6370
Fax:
+852 2724 3655
E-mail:
sghs@hkcs.org
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm.
How to apply ?
  1. Application can be raised through the family service social workers, medical social workers, school social workers, etc. (the referring worker) of the Social Welfare Department or the Non-Government Organizations.
  2. Referring worker will send the application to the Central Foster Care Unit of the Social Welfare Department for foster care service, or to the Central Referral System Rehabilitation Services (CRSRehab) of the Social Welfare Department for small group home service. Suitable referrals will be sent to us.
  3. Upon receiving the application , our social worker will contact the referring worker and meet with the children and their families. Our social worker will explore the applicant's situation and needs, help them to understand the objective and nature of the services they are applying, and how the services will be arranged for them, and to answer to their queries.
  4. The application will be accepted if our social worker, the referring worker, the children and their families agreed that the service that they apply is the most suitable service.
Is there any charge the Service?

With government subvention, in principle those in need of Foster Care Service do not need to pay any fees.

For users of Small Group Home Service, the service is subvented by government, service users do not have to pay any fees. However, parents/guardians have to support and pay for the children's daily living expenses such as transportation fee, clothing, books and stationery, charges from schools, pocket money and program fees, etc.

If I do not need the service anymore, how can I leave ?

Children's parents or guardians can, on behalf of their children ask to leave the service voluntarily by informing our social worker and the referring worker. However, the children's views should be considered.