An ‘outstanding’ couple, Margaret and Robert decided to become foster carers after they retired from careers in childcare.
And, at the age of 65, they became carers to twin baby girls, since when they haven’t looked back. They previously owned and ran a child-minding business in Sheffield and, they say, were the first couple in the city to get an Ofsted Outstanding rating.
Having fostered for two-and-a-half years, they now have their third child, a baby girl they received the day she was born and who is now eight months old. In-between they had a baby boy for a while, who has since been homed on a Residency Order with one of his relatives.
The couple say they just love babies. In fact they adopted three boys, who are now grown men in their 30s – two of whom they adopted straight from birth and the other when he was just seven weeks old.
Margaret says: “After we retired, we did the dream holiday and then we thought about what we wanted to do with the next phase of our lives. “We just love babies and we love everything about fostering.”
Margaret says although parting with the children is hard she feels that she and Robert understand that they are going on to a good life because of having adopted children themselves.