Live Your Dream (Ep 5): When 6+2=Happiness

38-year-old Joy Shuo is a mother of four. She recently adopted another two children, what fuelled her to make this decision?

SINGAPORE - "A mother's love is like nothing else in the world. It knows no limit and makes everything possible." And it was a mother’s love that fuelled 38-year-old housewife Joy Shuo to go from being a mother of four to a mother of six.

"Have you gone out of your mind?" was Ms Shuo's mother's reaction when she brought back her first foster child. "You already have four kids, and now you want to raise another?"

It all went back to that a night in 2011 when Ms Shuo had an epiphany. She thought to herself: "My children are happy, growing up healthily, and are fortunate enough to enjoy the warmth of a loving family. Who will be there to help care for children who are less fortunate? Wouldn't it be great if I could bring this happiness to them?"

Ms Shuo eventually signed up for the MSF Fostering Scheme, and went on to foster not just one child, but four children in total, with the support of her husband Daniel Chua, the family's sole breadwinner. Her husband has no complaint about the additional financial burden, and helps to take care of the younger children. 

Sibling rivalry is common, but not in the Chua family. Ms Shuo's four biological children, aged seven to 15,  often take the initiative to help their mother out when she finds it hard to cope.

Children under the MSF Fostering Scheme will temporarily live with the foster family until they are reunited with their biological parents or adopted by others.

Unfortunately, among the four children Ms Shuo has fostered, two will be unable to reunite with their biological family. After much consideration, she decided to adopt them and shower them with the love they need. 

However, as a foster parent, Ms Shuo's wish to adopt her foster children is uncommon. After filling up countless forms and trying for over two years, she finally gained custody of the two children - Catelyn, six, and Jed, one. 

The Challenge

Being a family of eight is no small matter. On occasions where the Chuas head out for a nice dinner or to take a walk around the city, they will have to plan ahead and split into teams to travel to their destination. Usually, their eldest son Titus, 15, will take public transport with the older children, while the parents will travel by car or taxi with the younger ones. 

The Dream

Now that Catelyn and Jed have been officially adopted, Ms Shuo hopes to organise something special as a celebration. She wants them to understand that being part of the family means that no one will get left behind.

Memories made together last a lifetime. What else makes memories like an overseas family vacation?

Yet the question remains: Where will host Ken Low bring them to? Where is that special place that can turn fantasies and dreams into reality? Watch the video to find out.

"No dream is too big and no dreamer too small." If you have a dream waiting to be fulfiled, e-mail the "Live Your Dream" team at zbevents@sph.com.sg.

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About "Live Your Dream"

"Live Your Dream"(完成一个梦) is one of 10 SPH-produced short-form digital video series as part of a pilot Public Service Broadcast initiative. In this 13-episode series, host Ken Low Yong Kian (Digital Content Producer, Chinese Media Group Digital) will try his best to fulfil people's dreams no matter how challenging it may be. All episodes come with English subtitles.

This series is also available on zaobao.sg website, as well as the mobile app.