Foster families

Foster families

Foster families take in children who, for whatever reason, cannot live with their biological parents. Fostering a child is a long-term commitment that will change the lives of everyone involved.

It is important that foster parents be prepared to cooperate closely with Social Services and the child’s parents. Even if the child becomes part of the new family, the child will always have a special role, being a member of two families. The child has to find his or her place in new surroundings, find security in new relationships and maintain a close bond with the biological parents. Foster children need a lot of support and understanding from the new parents. They need time to come to terms with the new situation. Even after many years in the foster family, the children may want to discuss the situation again and again. Both children and foster parents must be patient and willing to discuss difficult questions openly.

Families interested in fostering a child need to meet certain personal and legal requirements. Please contact the competent authority for your canton for more information. You will find the address below. Foster parents of children under the age of 15 need a licence issued by the canton, irrespective of whether or not the family is remunerated for fostering a child. No licence is needed to become a provider of day-care.

Switzerland

Addresses and links

Aargau

Addresses and links

  • Several foster family organizations help find a foster family and offer socio-pedagogical support for foster families. The list of the organizations can be found on the website of the Abteilung Sonderschulung, Heime und Werkstätten: www.ag.ch.

  • The Abteilung Sonderschulung, Heime und Werkstätten in the Departement Bildung, Kultur und Sport is in charge of foster family organizations. They also answer any questions regarding foster families. In the Canton of Aargau the municipal councils are responsible for foster family permits as well as the supervision of foster families.

Basel-Landschaft

Addresses and links

  • Foster family placing and information on the topic:
  • Cantonal information about fostering: www.baselland.ch
  • The "Kinder- und Jugendschutzbehörde KESB" is the competent authority in Baselland to apply for fostering license: www.kesb-bl.ch

Basel-Stadt

Addresses and links

  • Foster family placing and information on the topic: www.familea.ch
  • The "Zentrale Behörde Adoption und Pflegefamilien" is responsible for delivering the cantonal fostering license: www.jfs.bs.ch

Solothurn

Addresses and links