For many, retirement is a stage of life to settle down and take things easy. For some it provides an opportunity to try something completely new and take on another challenge. Some also decide that they want to pay something back to society and, as a result, maybe take up volunteer work or working with charities. Others may decide to foster.
Fostering can help change a child’s life for the better and can suit retirees who have a lifetime of experience to share and who suddenly find they have more time on their hands than they know what to do with! It also suits because it enables you to work from home whilst providing additional income, which can also be helpful in retirement.
If you are retired, you can apply to foster as long as you have a spare room available in your home (and your heart), and the time and energy to care for the children/young people that are referred to you by us. Rest assured though that we do undertake a matching process before referring a child.
There can also be challenges associated with fostering. For example, when a child first arrives with you they can be extremely emotional, distressed, angry, and/or fearful. However, all children have the same basic needs regardless of where they have come from. They need a place to feel safe, worthy and cared for, and they need someone to listen and support them. As one of our retired carers has said:
“Fostering definitely keeps you young mentally, which is a huge plus for me!”
Of course, you don’t have to be retired to become a foster carer. However, if you are and you are interested to know more then please just get in touch with us today. We’d love to talk to you about how you may be able to change a child’s life for the better.