Growing up, Kirsty Lai is used to sharing her parents’ love with a biological sister and 4 foster siblings, who live with the family from time to time.

Kirsty Lai (left) and her foster sister (right)

She’s not complaining about the arrangement. In fact, the 18-year-old is happy to “mother” her 8-year-old foster sister, tying her hair, watching her swim and drawing with her.

In Singapore, the number of foster parents registered under the Ministry of Social and Family Development stood at 470 in 2018. This is a marked increase from just 5 years ago.

Find out how life is like in a foster family, and catch all the heartwarming moments that Kirsty shares with her foster sister in this video.