Our Story

There are more than 10,000 inmates released from prison each year. The transition back to the community is fraught with the difficulties of readjustment that are caused by stigmatisation of their past imprisonment.

With this in mind, CARE Network was set up in 2000 with seven founding agencies to coordinate aftercare interventions. Over the years, it has expanded to include over 100 community partners, including SSAs, Religious Groups, Family Service Centres (FSCs), Halfway Houses, Grassroots Organisations, Corporates and Schools.

As part of its community engagement effort, CARE Network launched two key initiatives in 2004 – the Yellow Ribbon Project (YRP) and the Yellow Ribbon Fund (YRF). Beyond community engagement, the Network hopes to empower and promote shared ownership among partners. Effective linkages with the community would help provide a holistic and sustainable support network for ex-offenders and their families.

Our Milestones

2000 – CARE Network was formed in 2000 with the aim to improve the effectiveness of rehabilitation of ex-offenders in Singapore. The first few years was spent laying the foundation in aftercare work.

2001 – The Case Management Framework (CMF) was implemented in Singapore Aftercare Association (SACA) and Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association (SANA). It is a holistic approach in counselling, comprising both incare and aftercare components, to enable higher levels of functioning and greater resilience amongst in clients as they prepare for their eventual re-entry.

2002 – The CARE Network logo was unveiled at CARE Network’s official launch on 29 Jan. Embodying the concept of “turning over a new leaf”, the logo was picked from more than 500 entries submitted by employees and clients of CARE Network agencies.

2003 – The launch of Lee Foundation Education Assistance Scheme (LFEAS) provides clients with the opportunity to pursue GCE (‘N’, ‘O’ and ‘A’) Levels, and tertiary qualifications through a co-payment scheme.

2004 – To garner greater community support and expand its reach in the community, CARE Network launched the Yellow Ribbon Project (YRP) and Yellow Ribbon Fund (YRF) in the same year. YRP is a national public engagement campaign aimed at changing society's mindset in giving ex-offenders a second chance in life. YRF is the first and only charitable fund dedicated to providing support for reintegration programmes/services for inmates, ex-offenders and their families.

2005 – Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), then Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) joined CARE Network as a new core member.

2006 – Family Resource Centres (FRCs) were established to help inmates’ families to cope during the inmates' incarceration, and to help provide assistance to the released offenders lacking familial support.

2009 – The inaugural Yellow Ribbon Prison Run (YRPR) was held. It is a signature Yellow Ribbon Project (YRP) event which encourages public to build a society that supports second chances for ex-offenders.

2010 – Many new initiatives were launched to build a more vibrant aftercare sector. The Yellow Ribbon Community Project (YRCP) was launched to reach out to families. The Halfway House Service Model (HSM) was put in place for structured transitional support. The Yellow Ribbon Fund STAR Bursary and ISCOS Skills Assistance Subsidy Scheme were launched to enable upgrading and upskilling.

2011 – With the introduction of Mandatory Aftercare Scheme (MAS) and the increasingly challenging inmate profile, there arose a need to build capability and capacity in the aftercare sector so to enhance the support for offenders. The CARE Network Learning Journey and Attachment Programme were introduced to support this.

2013 – The first CARE Network Seminar was held in 2013. Since then, the annual event has served as a key platform for knowledge-sharing and networking among CARE Network partners.

2014 – To better manage the complex needs of offenders in their rehabilitation journey, the Developmental Framework for Offender Rehab Personnel (DORP) was implemented to ensure professionalism and enhance service delivery.

2015 – As part of CARE Network’s effort to build evidence-based practices in the aftercare sector, Singapore Aftercare Association (SACA) has undertaken research and took reference from existing local and overseas studies.

2015 – The number of CARE Network member agencies increased from 8 to 9, with Yellow Ribbon Fund (YRF) as the latest addition. This is intended to enhance coordination for seamless throughcare support, to ensure CARE Network’s objectives are better resourced, and to align YRF’s funding with national priorities to maximize impact.