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Mums share joy and challenge of bonding with adopted children

Published on May 10, 2014 5:57 PM
Besides telling their children about their parentage, adoptive parents have to address the search for identity that their children will go through. -- ST PHOTO DESMOND WEE

This Mother's Day, we speak to adoptive mothers about the challenges they face and the bond they share with their children.

Important to be truthful

Mrs Ayana Raychoudhury and her daughter Rishita. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN

Bedtime stories are fun for children, but for some adoptive mothers, telling them can be an emotional experience.

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Background story

While 731 children were adopted in 2004, statistics from the Ministry of Social and Family Development showed that only 358 were adopted in 2013.

The numbers started to fall from 2005 when thorough checks, called "home study reports", were made compulsory for those wishing to adopt.

About 55 per cent of the children adopted are foreign born, from countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia.

“Many adoptive parents tend to look to foreign countries because Singapore does not have many children available for adoption,” said Ms Teo Seok Bee, Senior Manager of Touch Family Services’ adoption service.