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Foster Family Program

The Foster Family program of “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Centre is implemented in collaboration with the Social Welfare Services upon signing a Protocol of Cooperation and with funding provided by the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance. The program aims to ensure the protection, the care and the best interest of the child who is deprived of a family environment. More specifically, under the principles of the International Covenant on the Rights of the Child (OHE, 1989), every child which is deprived of its family environment has the right of protection and assistance from the state, which in turn foresees for alternative custody, placing the child in another family.

The institution of foster care concerns children who are under the legal care of the Social Welfare Services Director and is an alternative family care which ensures the prosperity of children and respects their needs, at the same time guarantees a healthy, steady and safe everyday life for the children. Furthermore, the role of a foster parent is to provide a safe and steady family environment with care and love to the foster child and opportunities to develop to the maximum of their potential.

HFC’s role is to promote and support the institution of foster care while its services are multi-faceted and cover all the districts of the Republic of Cyprus. More specifically, the services provided include the following:

  • Assessing the suitability of the people wishing to become foster parent, including the continuation of their education on a range of important issues which aim to strengthen their role.
  • Psychological, psycho-emotional and psycho-social support to approved foster parents and foster children in order to improve the well-being of these children and their foster families. These services are available 24 hours a day.
  • Regular monitoring and re-evaluating approved foster parents.
  • The Foster Families program promotes and defends the foster care institution through awareness campaigns and informational activities on a national basis.

Further information regarding the program can be found in the information booklet here.

If you are interested in becoming foster parents, you can contact the organization and talk to the professionals of the Foster Care department for further information and guidance.

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