Read your profile and I too spent years advocating for children. I had to retire May 1st this year due to fibro and other health problems and I miss the families with which I worked very much. I supervised social workers who completed home studies for adoption, foster care, and the court. In 1997 I started a foster/adoptive support group that has grown and is still going strong. I am still active with the support group as I feel like it was my baby that I loved and nurtured. Unfortunately fibro and other problems have taken my ability to continue to pursue my passion for protecting children. Although I care deeply I am unable to do much to help. I do my best to remain positive but this retirment thing is not what I had hoped it would be years ago. The loss of a profession you love is such a big loss and when you do the same work for years it becomes so much a part of you.