Rise in adoption cases in Singapore; Adoptive mother of two girls says she hugs them daily to give them security

The Ministry of Social and Family Development said it encourages couples to consider adopting Singaporean children who have been abused or are unable to be cared for by their birth families. PHOTO: ST FILE
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SINGAPORE - Dr Chiew Yoke Fong and her husband had been married for about 10 years when they decided to adopt a child. Then in their early 50s, they wanted an infant but were advised to consider an older child, who is less physically taxing to raise.

Dr Chiew, a 63-year-old part-time pathologist, and her retired engineer husband, 64, are now parents to two girls, aged 13 and 10.

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