Margaret Watson is as far from retired as you can imagine. One of Newcastle City Council's longest serving foster carers, she received an MBE in 2015 for her commitment to the role and for her services to children.
Having spent years raising her own children, she, along with husband, Alex, were keen to fill the nest again. Learning that babies need a place to stay before adoption, Margaret knew instantly that she could help.
As well as the constant support available through Newcastle City Council, which is both personal and financial, Margaret always had a strong network of family and friends around her. "I can pick up the phone at any time to get whatever support I need from the council, whether this is advice, medical help or just to have someone to talk to. It's never lonely and the benefits far outweigh the challenges.
"I consider myself extremely lucky. Nowadays I get to meet the adoptive parents when the handover takes place. While it is of course painful, I get to see how much the child will be loved and meet lovely new people. Best of all, when the adoptive family want to stay in touch, we do so. I have many children who see me as a grandparent figure, which makes me very happy."
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