MSWC’s Foster Care
Program was initiated in 1970 and is funded jointly by the MSWC and Directorate
of Women and Child Welfare Board, Government of Maharashtra. It is managed by
the MSWC Foster Care Committee assisted by trained staff.
Foster Care identifies
families, especially single parent units that face financial problems and
require assistance to educate their children. It is a programme that seeks to support
children whose families are experiencing or have been through events that have
left them severely incapable of caring for them. Typically these are events
driven by ill-health, the death of an earning family member, or an event where
one or more adults in the family have to be absent for some length of time with
no one to care for the children.
Foster Care works on the philosophy that children are best nurtured in
their own home, and if an economic event can be tackled without removing the
child from his / her natural surroundings, that would be best. Financial
assistance is offered in cases where required for the education of the child,
or when a sick child needs medical or nutritional care, or when limited
resources in the house are required for medical needs of an adult in the
family. Financial help has been provided
for as long as two years to families facing extreme crises.
Foster Care also
conducts in depth home studies to monitor the child’s progress at home and at
school. Extra tuition is arranged for if required and medical care and
attention is given to children who are covered under the programme. Foster Care
aims to bridge a need gap in the family’s temporary financial crisis. It does
not seek to offer permanent cover, and disbursals are strictly monitored. Most importantly, families of beneficiaries
report regularly to the organisation and seek cessation of the grant if the
financial crisis has blown over.
children are being supported with a grant from the Directorate of Women and
Child Welfare Board, Pune with an amount of Rs. 6000 per child per annum up to completion
of a milestone in formal or vocational training. However, private donors
contribute to a coverage that is far greater - over 300 children are currently sponsored
by private donors.
Chairperson - Mrs. Aamy Shah
Hon. Secretary - Mrs. Shamim Porbandarwalla
Hon. Treasurer - Mrs. Indira Kinariwala
How you can helpDonate
Thank you for choosing to support us. Foster Care makes a difference to the lives of a few children who are desperately in need of financial assistance. Many more could, however, benefit from it. Donations to Foster Care will be used to expand the scope of coverage, and make the program more efficient by employing qualified people to conduct homes studies and mentor the beneficiaries.
Donations may be made through cheque / demand draft or credit cards / debit cards and online bank transfers. Click here Volunteer
Foster Care welcomes individuals who would like to volunteer their time and energy to administrative and other activities that help with the day-to-day running of the organisation and to expand the coverage of the project.
Foster Care Committee,
12, Dr. Annie Besant Road,
Mumbai - 400 018.
Tel.No. +91 22 24927985