‘Being a foster carer is the best thing that I’ve done with my life’

Disabled people say they are rarely used as foster carers, despite a nationwide shortage – even though they are often well placed to fill the gaps

Jon Powton might not fit the image of a typical foster carer. The 44-year-old is a former engineer and has a mild form of muscular dystrophy.

But for the last eight years, he and his wife Denise, 60, have provided a loving home for children who need it in Burnley.

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‘Being a foster carer is the best thing that I’ve done with my life’