‘Heart-wrenching’: as Hong Kong loses foster parents to ageing and emigration wave, at-risk children lack family support(SCMP 2022-12-19 9:25:00)
As a young child, Gigi* had a vague awareness that the parents who raised her were not her biological relatives. She called her foster mother “Fei EE”, and every Saturday, she would visit her birth parents.
It was only in primary school that she learned she had been placed in residential family care soon after birth. But having grown up with three other members in her foster family, the 27-year-old didn’t feel like she received less love than anyone else.
“Apart from not living with my birth parents, I felt no difference [from other children]. Instead, I feel like I have one more father and mother,” said Gigi, whose foster family encouraged her to regularly visit her biological parents.