New Regulations Made Easier for Fostering Children
Shenzhen has now made it easier for local families to foster homeless children as the city implemented its new regulation that is an expansion of the policy on adoption and providing legal backup for local families in fostering homeless children. under the new regulation adults should meet the number of requirements before becoming foster parents.
The new regulations states that the family must have a good child caring experience and the means to provide for the child. Both should be in the age of 30 to 65 and in good health and at least had a junior middle school education. Children to be adopted that are ten years of age and above should give their consent before being adopted. The foster family must also have no children below 6 years of age and cannot foster more than two children at the same time.
As of the moment more than 1,000 families are waiting in line to adopt a child from local social welfare centers but only a handful of children are healthy and are being adopted. In the past it was rare for families to take care of homeless children as the civil affairs bureau only allowed a few families that are working in social welfare institutions to foster children.
Fostering children requires less than legal obligation compared to adoption and is an effective way to allow more homeless children to get proper care. Experts are also reminding foster parents to be consistent in the decision to adopt homeless children and to seek help from psychological counselors and education experts when conflict arises in bringing up the children to prevent any emotional injury.