Foster Care

Foster Care

Fostering is an arrangement whereby a child lives, usually on a temporary basis, with an extended or unrelated family member. Such an arrangement ensures that the birth parents do not lose any of their parental rights or responsibilities. The aim is to eventually re-unite the child with his/her own family when the family circumstances improve, and thus prevent institutionalization of children in difficult circumstances.

District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) under the Department of Woman and Child Development is the nodal office of Foster Care programme. District Child Welfare Committee (CWC) provides the legal assistance.

Types of Foster Care

Individual Foster Care: A comprehensive development plan for a child, based on age specific and gender specific needs and the case history of the child, prepared in consultation with the child, in order to restore the child’s self-esteem, dignity and self-worth and nurture him/her into a responsible citizen.

Group Foster Care: Placement of a child in an intimate or homelike setting in which upto eight related or unrelated children live for a varying period of time with a single set of house parents or with a rotating staff of trained care givers.

Kinship Foster Care: Children given for foster care to the members of the extended family of the Child.

Vacation Foster Care: As part of the project, children who are not legally orphaned, i.e., at least one of their parents is still alive, and those who are unable to visit their families during the vacation are handed over for foster care to interested families during the two-month summer vacation.

Respite Foster Care: As part of this project, child/children will be fostered on a short-term basis

Who can be given in Foster Care

Children who are not getting proper care and protection from their families
Children who are not legally free for adoption,
Children of Parents who are unable to care for them due to illness, death, desertion by one parent, or any other crisis
Children of the mentally ill persons


For getting a child on Foster Care, the Prospective Foster Parent shall register before the District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) where the Prospective Foster Parent (PFP) resides.

Persons competent to be Foster Parents

Married couple aged above 35 years.
Single parent
Members of the extended family of the Child
Voluntary Organizations or other recognized persons willing to take the responsibility of the Child / Children in individual or group foster care

Documents to be attached with the application

They should produce the following documents along with their application:-

Medical certificate
Proof of identity (Aadhar Card, Electoral ID Card, Passport etc.)
Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
Photograph of the family (if applicable)
Income certificate