The China Post
Date: October 7, 2016
By: Joseph Yeh
TAIPEI, Taiwan — A Taipei-based foundation on Thursday called on more Taiwanese to become foster
parents and to donate money for the care of children that are waiting to be adopted.
The Garden of Hope Foundation (勵馨基金會), a non-profit organization established in 1988 to help disadvantaged girls and young women, offers assistance to underage parents who are unable to raise their children due to financial challenges.
In 2015, the foundation was able to provide services to 403 underage parents and a combined 87 children, who were waiting to be adopted. Among the 87, 22 were able to find foster families in 2015, Hung Ya-li (洪雅莉), director of the foundation’s Taipei Branch, said at a press conference in Taipei.
A child in line for adoption must wait an average of five to nine months before they are matched with a foster family.
Before they are matched with a family, the foundation pays professional babysitters to take care of the chindren 24/7 and pays for their diapers and other basic necessities, Hung said. [FULL STORY]