"Family is where Love is"
With the changing times and societal shifts, the structure of “Family” has become diversified,
including multi-generational families, single-person households, divorced families,
foster families, pet families, and long-distance families etc.
Hong Kong Family Welfare Society (HKFWS) firmly believes that "Where there is love, there is a family".
Love serves as the cornerstone for building and maintaining family wellbeing.
Regardless of how the world changes, and even if individuals are physically apart,
love connects every "family" in various forms. This connection extends beyond blood relatives;
as long as you and the members share love, happiness, and mutual care, that is where “family” exist.
Chief Executive’s Message
Since our establishment in 1949, the Hong Kong Family Welfare Society (the Society) has held fast to our "family-centric" perspective. With love and passion, we have continuously actualised our mission in serving families and the community, enhanced our service quality and innovated services to meet the changing needs and promote the wellbeing of families and the Hong Kong community. Time flies, this year marks a significant milestone as the Society celebrates its 75th anniversary.
Kitty Chau, Chief Executive
Hong Kong Family Welfare Society
Since 1938, HKFWS has established its presence in Hong Kong, providing services to the residents. With a history deeply rooted in Hong Kong for 75 years, HKFWS has consistently upheld the belief of "Family Matters" and is committed to delivering high-quality professional social services.
Over the years, HKFWS has continuously progressed in response to social changes and developments. In the 1970s, the Society pioneered counseling services, school social work services, family life education, and domestic helper assistance. Today, HKFWS has further expanded its services to include various preventive measures, covering mental health services for all age groups, financial education, and services for divorced families. Additionally, numerous pilot programmes have been introduced to address service gaps in society.
The Hong Kong Family Welfare Society was formally established as an independent charitable organisation. Back in the days, our service focused on providing direct assistance to underprivileged families by the provision of financial loans and sponsorships, distribution of food and clothing, offering employment assistance and the operation of a free school.
Launched the “School Social Work Service”
Launched the “Home Help Service”
Launched the “Family Life Education” pilot scheme
Launched the “Foster Care Service”
Launched the “Mental Health Group service”, which was funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
With the sponsorship from The Community Chest, the Society set up the first "Family Resource Centre" at Butterfly Estate in Tuen Mun, to provide territory-wide services to support single-parent families.
Introduced the "Emergency Foster Care Service”
Launched the “Divorced Mediation Service”
Established the “Zonta White House” – Family Retreat Centre
Established the first “Mediation Centre” among NGO welfare organisations in Hong Kong, in order to provide family mediation and community mediation services. Sponsored by The Hongkong Bank Foundation, the Society also launched the “Peer Mediation Project” in 2001.
- The Society’s first "Integrated Family Service Centre” was formally opened
- The Society established 5 Integrated Family Service Centres to provide one-stop integrated family services to families in the community
- Implemented the "Family Volunteering Movement”
- Launched the "Carers Support Stations”
Launched the “Bridge to Competence Project” which was funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club
The Society was commissioned by Social Welfare Department to launch the Pilot Project on Children Contact Service and established the “Parent-child Contact Centre”
Established the “Financial Education Centre”
- “Parent-child Connect Spcialised Co-parenting Support Centre” has been incorporated into the Government’s regular assistance programmes.
- The Society was commissioned by the Social Welfare Department to launch the “Pilot Scheme on Social Work Service for Pre-Primary Institutions”
- Conducted the first study on “Hong Kong Family Wellbeing Index” (HKFWI) in 2019, aiming to develop a socially relevant and culturally appropriate measurement tool of sound reliability and validity to regularly assess the wellbeing of Hong Kong families.
Released “Hong Kong Family Wellbeing Index” research report.