Some 100 children were given the opportunity of treatment with foster carers following a request by their parents due to difficulties they faced, including serious disease or because they were homeless. Aġenzija Appoġġ coordinator on foster care service, Andre’ Mizzi, spoke on the need for more families to foster children in order to provide them with a desired stable life.
Mr Mizzi told TVM that there are currently 244 boys and girls living with foster carers with over a 100 consisting of children whose parents voluntarily decided to approach Aġenzija Appoġġ so that their children are temporarily fostered by other families.
He added: “it is either a situation of disease, the mother is a single parent who has no one to cater for the children, or a homeless case”.
Mr Mizzi stated that Aġenzija Appoġġ makes efforts so that children who cannot live with their natural families, are brought up by other families who welcome them for fostering. This is not always possible, he said, if the necessary families are not found.
Apart from children cared by foster carers following a request by their own parents, there are 142 children who are under a care order because they were taken away from their parents care due to particular circumstances.
There are currently 220 families who foster children, however Mr Mizzi said that this is not enough. When a family decides to foster children, they are given training and financial support. “They contact Aġenzija Appoġġ, request to speak to the fostering team and the Facebook Page Fostering Services Malta.”
Mr Mizzi added that children living with foster carers have a social worker dedicated to them, and another for the fostering family to be given the necessary support.