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Children Disability Homes

Posted on April 12, 2019 by Ann

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What are Children Disability Homes?

Children Disability Homes (CDHs) provide long-term residential care to children with disabilities who are neglected or whose caregivers are incapable of caring for them.

Some homes also provide short-term respite care for those whose families are unable to provide care temporarily.

Admission of children with disabilities into a CDH should be considered as a last resort and only when it is in the best interests of the children.

Who can apply?

For non-statutory admission, the child should be:

  • Below 16 years
  • Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents (with at least one immediate family member who is a Singapore Citizen).
  • Diagnosed with the following congenital disabilities*:
    • Physical
    • Intellectual
    • Sensory (Hearing/Visual impairment)
    • Developmental (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder)
    • A combination of two or more of the above

*Children with acquired disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Applicants may not be eligible if:
    • they have untreated infectious diseases; and/or,
    • they are suffering from serious psychotic disorders and/or serious behavioural problems that require them to be under close individual supervision or nursing care.

How to apply?

To enrol a child with disabilities into a CDH, approach a social worker from a hospital or voluntary welfare organisation (VWO) for a referral.

What happens after application?

Upon receiving the referral, SG Enable will contact you to provide information to help you make an informed decision on your choice of service. Acceptance into the programme at the preferred home is subject to the availability of vacancies and approval of the home management.

For more information about CDHs, please visit SG Enable’s frequently asked questions page.

For a list of organisations that provide CDH services, view the CDH Service Matrix.

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