Fanny Ng and her husband are undaunted by the health problems of the child in their care Every morning, when Fanny Ng Lam-oi wakes up, she goes to sit beside her foster daughter Jojo. 'I know when she will wake. I watch her and as soon as she wakes up she smiles,' said Mrs Ng. 'At that moment, I think 'another happy day - and exhaustion!'' Jojo, two, is running noisily around the apartment like any other child her age might. To the casual observer she does not appear to be a child with a heart condition that requires regular visits to hospitals and clinics for medical checkups. The two met while Mrs Ng was working as a volunteer at Mother's Choice. Jojo was in hospital and Mrs Ng was asked to visit her. 'She gave me a huge smile. At that time, I did not know of her health problems but after that smile I knew I wanted to foster her,' she said. Mrs Ng was a volunteer for 18 months before she discovered she was able to foster a special-needs child (volunteers are not allowed to foster children without special needs). Jojo's health problems did not deter Mrs Ng or her husband. In fact, not long after they were successfully matched as foster parents a year ago, they applied to become Jojo's adoptive parents and are in the final stages of the process. 'I was prepared. We were really clear about it and really know why we are doing it,' she said. 'I knew the first few years would be difficult because of her health. If I can get her to school ... I know if I can get through this it will be okay.' According to Mrs Ng, she and her husband have optimistic dispositions which see them through the rougher times. They also have a supportive family network that has accepted Jojo as part of the family. The Ngs have no doubts about their decision. 'We sit down at night and say, 'Do we regret this? No', 'Are we happy? Yes', 'Do we enjoy it? Very much',' she said. 'I never have time to think about the future and it is out of my control. The best I can do is to treat her as well as possible.'