Ann Marie is the primary foster carer, George works full time; however, he shares duties when he is there, and they work as a team together. George explained that he did not have any biological children when he met Anne Marie. She had two birth children, two girls aged 10 & 13 when they met, and George brought them up when he and Anne Marie got together. George said, ‘to me; that was fostering‘. The girls are married with their own families, and we are now doting grandparents.
‘When the girls moved away from home, we found we had all the time in the world to ourselves. There were a few years where we had 3 or 4 holidays a year; but eventually, we knew something was missing. We missed the kids; we were good at bringing the girls up, and it personally meant a lot to me because the girls were not my biological children. I felt that I had personally learned so much from having the girls in my life’.
‘One day we asked ourselves the question; why don’t we think about fostering? And the more we thought about it, the more it made sense. There was a big gap in our lives; a children’s sized gap’.