People often say to us, “I’d love to foster but I’m too old aren’t I?”.
We think age is a bit of a red herring. There’s no real upper limit on the age spectrum when it comes to fostering; what is far more important is how robust you are!
Take Jean. She’s been fostering with us for a good few years now. She had 3 children of her own and always loved the bustle and noise that came with the children and their friends. When her children moved out of the family home, Jean found that her maternal instinct didn’t up and leave with them; she felt that she still had so much to give.
“I may not have been quite as spritely as I was when I had my kids first time round,” admits Jean. “But I still have plenty of energy, get up and go and am reasonably fit!”
Jean too was worried that we would say she was too old to foster but she picked up the phone nonetheless and talked to us. We were able to reassure her that at her age she had valuable experience and knowledge gleaned over the years and that this would be indispensable when it came to fostering.
“I haven’t looked back,” she says. “Fostering is so rewarding. Yes it’s hard and it takes a lot out of you but one thing’s for sure, I am never bored and I feel fostering has enhanced my life, even put a new spring in my step!”
We have carers of all ages from great grandparents to parents to those who have yet to have a family of their own. We say the same to all of them – we’re not interested in the years, we’re interested in what they’ve taught you.
If your age has been what’s stopping you taking that step into fostering, follow Jean’s example and give us a call on 01206 299775 or drop into our next coffee morning. (click here for more details….)
Tuesday 14th November 11:30am at the Huntingdon Marriot hotel in Cambridgeshire.
Thursday 24th November 10:30am at our head office in East Bergholt.
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Lucy Stevens fostering radio series episode four
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