Foster Care with Childline Thailand

Step Ahead partnered with Childline Thailand in our first foster care initiative to provide a family-based care alternative for asylum seeker/refugee children detained in Bangkok’s Immigration Detention Center. This initial program was called Born Free Foster Care.

In January 2019, the Thai Government signed an MoU with seven government ministries to end the detention of children. This amazing achievement created a pathway for mothers to be released and reunited with their children.

Step Ahead continues to recruit families to provide homes for asylum seeker/refugee unaccompanied minors (UAM). In addition to providing foster care for UAMs, Step Ahead has expanded its foster care program to families who can provide care for children due to abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Foster families are trained and equipped to meet the needs of children who are Thai and foreign nationals.

If you are interested in providing a home or supporting this program, please send an email to



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