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Old 18.06.2020, 12:15
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Fostering in Switzerland

Hi,


Please bear with me. I have googled but being an English speaker (slowly learning French) but could not find any information.

I have lived in Switzerland for a year with my partner (he has been here for many years) and I see myself settling here and growing old.



I can't have children for many reasons and am very okay with this. I have spent my life teaching and working with children in the UK. I would still like to help bring up children- foster children for periods of time before they are adopted but I can't seem to understand if fostering is a thing here (or children just stay in foster homes- that is what the info I have found told me). Not being a French speaker means I am struggling to find info.

Thanks for your help english forum and thanks for taking the time to read this



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Re: Fostering in Switzerland

Just to add - this would be for in the future, when my partner and I own a house here and I am a much better French speaker. It would just be great to get an idea if it were even an option? Thanks
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Re: Fostering in Switzerland

Talia,

Since my French is abysmal I could only do a basic search for the route to fostering in Geneva. But I admire your wanting to help and so I wanted to reply with what little information I have. Perhaps this might help to get you started.

From the Geneva website, steps to becoming a foster family:
https://www.ge.ch/devenir-famille-accueil-hebergement

A key point is that one will need to be assessed and given a permit to become a foster parent.

Wishing you all the very best.
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Re: Fostering in Switzerland

I have friends who have fostered several children (whom they later adopted), one of which was fostered herself, so yes, it is done here.

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Official info for Geneva canton:
https://www.ge.ch/devenir-famille-accueil-hebergement
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Oh english forum! Thank you so much - you have really made my day
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