Foster carers from across Kirklees have been honoured for their fantastic contribution to the lives of local children.

A special ceremony was held so that the council could say a huge ‘thank you’ to foster carers and recognise their role in providing brighter futures.

Fostering families celebrated long-service milestones of between five and 25 years and carers were sent flowers, certificates and gift vouchers. Newly appointed carers were also welcomed.

The event – part of the current Foster Care Fortnight – usually takes place at John Smiths Stadium but was held online this year due to Covid-19 restrictions.

There were speeches from Cllr Viv Kendrick (Cabinet member for Children), Mel Meggs (Strategic Director for Children’s Services), Tom Brailsford (Service Director for Resources, Improvement and Partnerships) and members of the council’s fostering team.

Cllr Kendrick said: 

“The last year has been challenging for everybody and our foster carers have been supporting children at a particularly tough time. Their dedication, resilience and enthusiasm have been inspirational throughout the pandemic.

This year’s event was a wonderful chance to thank carers and show our appreciation for everything they do. They play an essential role for vulnerable children and are central to Kirklees communities.

Fostering is so important in giving children and young people a safe and loving home at difficult times in their lives. If you can help us to support children, please get in touch.”

What do I need to become a carer? 

You don’t need any special qualifications to become a foster carer – and it can be incredibly rewarding. Fostering with Kirklees Council helps to ensure that local children who can’t live with their birth parents are able to stay close to their friends, family and school.

People can become foster carers regardless of their marital status, sexuality, religious or cultural background. You can be a homeowner or renting, employed or unemployed, retired or on benefits and be with or without children.

For more information, visit the fostering pages on our website, give us a call on 0800 389 0086 or email fostering@kirklees.gov.uk