Kirklees Foster carers asked to “spread the word”

Our fostering service recently hosted an evening to say thank you to each and every one of our foster carers. This was to acknowledge their ongoing dedication, commitment and hard work.

What happened at the event?

Over 80 foster carers attended the thank you event. It took place at the John Smith’s Stadium where they were recognised for the valuable contribution they make in supporting and caring for the borough’s most vulnerable children and young people.

We need more foster carers

The evening was an opportunity to directly ask foster carers to continue their support in the recruitment of new foster carers.

Steve Comb, Head of Corporate parenting appealed to foster carers to “spread the word” amongst their family, friends and colleagues. He said;

“We need more foster carers in Kirklees. We need new people to become part of our fostering community. We need them to care for our children, keeping them closer to their schools, families and friends.  The number of children and young people that need our support is growing. We need foster carers who can offer support either for a few days, a few months or to see them into independence and adulthood. In particular there is a shortage of foster carers for children over 8 years old and sibling groups.  This evening we urge you speak to people you know and encourage them to come forward to foster. Our aim is to have 25 new people taking the next steps to becoming foster carers by 25 December, in time for Christmas.”

Cllr Kendrick, Lead Member for Children’s Services made a special visit to personally thank foster carers and said;

“This event is about us recognising the fantastic work of all of our foster carers, between them they have cared for hundreds of our children, supporting them through some very difficult times.  This care is vital in working towards achieving positive outcomes for all of our children.  Some have been fostering many years which is a great achievement.

Our fostering service are urging people to be one of the 25 much-needed households, to think about the difference they can make to a child’s life. Although it can be challenging, foster caring is also fun, fulfilling and hugely rewarding. Being a foster carer means that you get to invest in a child’s future and help give them the start in life they deserve.”

How can I find out more?

Kirklees fostering recruitment team are holding a drop in session for anyone who is interested in finding out more about fostering. Anybody can come along and have a coffee with our foster carers and hear about their fostering journey and experiences in caring for looked after children. Our friendly fostering team will be able to talk you through the process, covering everything from training, the benefits and the difference you can make to a child’s life.

Where and when is the event?

Tuesday 4th December 5:30 – 7:30 pm

John Smiths Stadium, Leeds Road, Huddersfield, HD1 6PG

Want to find out more about fostering?

Our website has all of the details. Get in touch now and make a difference in a child’s life.

 

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