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'Empty nesters' urged to consider rewarding role in foster care

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When a Wymondham couple waved goodbye to their daughter as she headed to university, they decided rather than putting their feet up it was time for a new challenge.

Martin and Sheila Rowbury, both aged 64, took up the call to be foster carers more than four years ago.

And as hundreds of students head to university this month, Norfolk County Council is calling on other “empty nester” parents to think about doing the same.

Instead of embracing retirement or dedicating more time for leisure, Mr and Mrs Rowbury went back to a world of nappy changes, school runs, and childhood milestones. They said the experience has been really rewarding.

“We came into fostering later in life – following a career in mental health nursing,” said Mrs Rowbury.

“We had a daughter who was going away to university and doing up a very old bungalow ready for our dotage, we found ourselves at a bit of a loss – lacking in purpose and no longer making a difference to those around us.

“So, at the grand age........

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