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Foster Care Scheme (Vatsalaya)

Foster Care
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Frequently Asked Questions
The Foster Care Scheme (Vatsalaya) is being implemented by the Department of Women & Child Development, Government of Goa to provide temporary/substitute care for children in difficult circumstances, whose parents are unable to care for them due to illness, death, and desertion of one parent or any emotional crisis.

Self-Help Groups, MahilaMandals, Child Development Project Officers, Village Child Committees, Anganwadi Workers, NGOs, and Media can be enlisted to propagate the need for foster parents and families.

Placement Conditions
  1. When placing a child in foster care, the following points shall be looked Due consideration shall be given to the age and sex of the other children of the foster care applicants/parents.
  2. Not more than two children shall be placed in a foster family, except in the case of siblings who may require to be placed with the same family.
  3. Foster care applicants/s shall be counselled about behavioural issues.
  4. The child's emotional and psychological assessment shall be discussed with the foster care applicant/s to enable them to deal with the child's situation to minimize the chances of premature termination of the foster care placement.
  5. The child's opinion shall be sought, wherever possible, prior to initiating the foster care procedures.
  6. In case of a child in conflict with law, the Juvenile Justice Board may refer the child to the Child Welfare Committee to initiate the procedures for foster placement.

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