A new campaign has called for over 50s to consider ‘improving the lives of children’ in the care system.

There is no age cap on becoming a foster carer and research from 2020 shows that 65% of foster carers were over the age of 50. 

Rotherham council have previously said that fostering a child can be a good career after retiring.

Joyce, a foster carer in Rotherham, said: “I wish more young grandparents would take it on.

“The fun does you good! And the nice thing about it is that you can do it as long as you feel you can do it happily and properly.”

Councillor Gordon Watson, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Children’s Services & Neighbourhood Working, praised the work of all local foster carers but highlighted that the work to find more carers is on-going and more important than ever.

He said: “All our foster carers are incredible, but we still urgently need more of the stable and caring foster homes for the children and young people in our care, on both a short-term and long-term basis.

“Foster carers come from all walks of life, each with different skills and experiences so please don’t rule yourself out, whatever your age, background or circumstances. Please get in touch.

According to Foster Care, around 750 carers for children are required in Rotherham and the wider South Yorkshire region. 

Suzanne Joyner, Strategic Director of Children’s Services at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, said: “We really value mature carers with significant life experience who could help a child or young person through a difficult time. It’s amazing to see the benefits of a stable, loving home for a young person who’s had a difficult start in life.”

You can read more information about fostering here.