Retired teacher Christine Gregory is delighted after becoming a foster mum - despite fearing she was too old.
The 58-year-old signed up for the role after seeing an advert for a fostering event taking place at Doncaster Dome, and went along with husband Martin despite concerns over her age.
She said: “The first thing we asked was how our age would influence any decision, we were delighted to find out that it wouldn’t, all they were really interested in was if we had the room in our home and in our hearts to care for children.
“Once we were reassured about this initial fear, we were very interested to learn more about fostering and exactly what it involved,” said Christine.
Christine and Martin became approved foster carers with Doncaster Council in November 2012. Their first child was an emergency weekend placement, which Christine says wasn’t as scary as she had imagined
She said: “You get so much support from the council there really isn’t anything to worry about, there is always somebody on the other end of the phone to alleviate any fears and answer any questions.
“Having our own dedicated supervising social worker is a massive reassurance.
“Being a foster carer is definitely challenging, but the rewards you get from helping a child are unparalleled.
“Having two grown-up sons of my own I’m really enjoying being back in the playground with the other mums.”