Indranee Nadisen

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Indranee Elizabeth Nadisen
OccupationSocial work volunteer
Years active1976 - 2008
Known forHolding the highest record of fostering a total of 43 children under the Fostering Scheme by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports since 1976.

Madam Indranee Elizabeth Nadisen is a Singaporean social work volunteer on child protection, and served as a foster mother to abandoned, abused and neglected children under the Fostering Scheme by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS). She is also the longest serving foster mother of the program, and also holds the national record of having looked after 43 children in her 32 years' as a foster mother. Nadisen is recognised as the role model and the icon of the Fostering Scheme.[1]

Nadisen was born of Chinese ethnicity, and adopted by an Indian family when she was a baby. She volunteered herself with the Fostering Scheme and began fostering children in 1976, when her own children - five boys and a girl - started going to school and she started feeling bored at home. Her love for children was strong and she cared of the children, as if they were her own, for an average period of 2 years till they return to their own biological parents or to their adoptive parents. She also showered her love equally to her children and the adopted ones. However this strong love that she felt for them, also made it emotionally difficult for her to part with them. She confessed she had to lie to the child by saying she had to go to the toilet so that the child would let go of her, to let the child leave with their adoptive parents. 'From the toilet, I would hear the child screaming for me and my heart would hurt,' she said. As a result, she preferred not to contact them after they left her care.[2]

In 2001 Nadisen was awarded the Friend of MCDS award[3] and in 2003, the Reader's Digest Inspiring Asians Award.[4] In July 2008, Nadisen reluctantly announced her retirement from the Fostering Scheme citing health reasons.[5]


  1. ^ Kenny, Chee (2008-09-10). "Model foster mum calls it a day". My Paper. p. A3.
  2. ^ Melissa, Sim (2008-09-10). "She's foster mum to 43; Madam Indranee has been taking in children for the past 32 years". Singapore: Straits Times. p. B1.
  3. ^ Recipients of the Outstanding MCDS Volunteer Award and Friend of MCDS Award (PDF). Singapore: Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  4. ^ Jane, Ng (2003-01-11). "They're all inspiring". Singapore: Straits Times.
  5. ^ "MCYS MEDIA RELEASE NO: 48/2008 - Singapore's Model Foster Mother Retires After 32 Years of Giving" (Press release). Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports. 2008-09-09. Retrieved 2008-12-06.