Children need to know where they came from, says 11-year-old adopted boy

Mr Mark Lim and his wife Sue with their sons Elijah (top) and Zephaniah. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

SINGAPORE - Zephaniah Lim, 11, who was adopted as a newborn, believes strongly that adoptive parents need to tell their children the truth about their birth.

Through his mother, he sent this message to the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF): "Forever daddies and mummies must tell their children about their tummy mummies... Because children need to know where they came from." He was referring to birth mothers as tummy mummies and adoptive parents as forever daddies and mummies.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and straitstimes.com

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Get the ST Smart Parenting newsletter for expert advice. Visit the microsite for more.