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Opening her home to foster children

She was a nurse for six years, caring for children and new mothers. Three years ago, Hazel Sim took her love for children one step further by applying to be a foster parent.
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She was a nurse for six years, caring for children and new mothers. Three years ago, Ms Hazel Sim took her love for children one step further by becoming a foster parent herself.

The 34-year-old, now working in sales, has already cared for three children under the Ministry of Social and Family Development's fostering scheme.

The scheme provides the care arrangement of children aged under 18 who are orphans, victims of abuse, or whose parents are unable to care for them.

She and her husband, Mr Jackson Lai, 37, tried to have children of their own but have been unsuccessful. "For our family, we have nothing to lose but for these children, they have everything to gain," she said.

In this episode of Heroes Among Us, a video series that explores the lives of everyday people who rise above their circumstances, Ms Sim tells her story. 

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 03, 2017, with the headline 'Opening her home to foster children'. Print Edition | Subscribe