Fostering with Pride – Kirklees joins New Family Social

To coincide with Kirklees Pride 2021, we are delighted to announce that our Fostering Service has become an official member of New Family Social – an LGBT+ support network who guide people through the fostering application process and beyond.

We would like to encourage more people in the LGBT+ community to explore becoming foster carers with Kirklees as a route to building their family. Local foster carers can make a huge difference in the lives of our children and young people.

Who are New Family Social?

NFS are the only UK charity led by LGBT+ adopters and foster carers. This means that they are wholly understanding of not only the process of becoming a foster carer but also the unique challenges faced by LGBT+ people embarking on their fostering adventure.

The benefits of membership for our foster carers

If you are currently an LGBT+ carer with us, or plan to be in the future, you will be able to sign up for NFS membership free of charge. The site has forums for LGBT+ people who can register through their respective agencies. The site allows members to chat in confidence, to seek advice and offer support to others. This support network is available both during the application process and after a placement has been made. Your need for peer support doesn’t disappear once you start parenting children.

Cllr Viv Kendrick, Cabinet Member for Children, said:

“There is no typical foster carer, just as there is not a typical foster child. There is diversity in children in foster care, so it’s also important to have diversity in the carer community.

We are an inclusive authority and we welcome applications from people of any sexuality, race or religion. Your sexual orientation does not affect your ability to foster a child, nor do you have to be married, in a civil partnership or have a partner.

The most important thing is that you can open your heart and your home to support a child who may not have had the easiest start in life, giving them a loving and safe environment.

Kirklees foster carers come from all walks of life. A range of experiences is valuable when caring for children who have faced challenges of their own, so please get in touch with us.”

Find out more

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