Annette, foster carer

Annette says: “I first thought about fostering when I read an article in a magazine about children needing homes. I couldn't help but feel that I could do something to help, their tiny faces on the page cried out to me and I knew this was what I needed to do.”

Annette has three birth children and an adoptive son, and encourages more people to come forward. It is a decision that needs careful consideration, but the rewards can be massive.

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She says: “It took me four years from reading the magazine to picking up the phone to be ready. I knew I had to take it seriously and by this time my children had grown up and we had a few spare rooms that were ready to be filled.”

Annette and her husband are both over 55 but age doesn’t matter when it comes to fostering.

I am not surprised that people think that if you are over 55 you can’t foster - I tell them not to believe it. Anyone can foster as long as you have love, skills and commitment to help a child flourish.
Annette, foster carer

Annette’s house has always been full of children from having her own crèche and being a registered child-minder, to having her own children’s friends round. Her knowledge and understanding of children meant fostering was the perfect fit for her.

She says: “I often get Christmas cards and messages from the children I have looked after; I was even introduced to my foster-grandchild the other month. Seeing the children that have come into our home, develop and be independent is so rewarding.”

I have got a fantastic network of support around me from Action for Children, my friends and my family.
Annette, foster carer

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