You can find people anywhere but i guess it would be like a minefield trying to find a decent one! It makes it harder if the kids dont like you dating. Your right about dating sites . I joined one some years back but had a couple of bad experiences so would never return to them. Im sure there are many who have had positive experiences though. I know what you mean about having someone close to talk to. Just to chat away about how your day was is great.
Oh and there are decent people on this very website .Good luck x