For those of us who have children grown and out of the house (far away) or childless (second marriages and such) I read an article, I believe on bankrate.com that suggested looking into becoming foster parents when you are in you seventevies to have a helper at the homestead and all the while bringing up a self-sufficient youth. I am not personally there yet, only in my 40-s but thinkning too.... The kids, the way I see it are not interested in helping, just interested in taking whatever they can take, and 30 something years later, there would be no options for me to have a good company in my homestead. Sorry, I don't have any experience with fostering, good or bad, but open at all discussion. It seems to me that if I adopt a foster child, It should work both ways - me providing a child a family and a child helping me with the chores. This is just speculating at this point. Please offer both good and bad opinions. Thank you.