Kirklees Council has honoured the incredible work of local people who foster vulnerable children.

Foster carers make a profound difference in young lives by providing safe and loving homes, usually at a time when children need them the most.

The council hosted a special event at the John Smith’s Stadium to say ‘thank you’ to foster carers and to celebrate everything they do.

Most children and young people who are in care live with a foster family – and more carers are needed to ensure this vital support continues giving youngsters the best start in life.

Clr Viv Kendrick, Cabinet member for children, said: “Fostering with the council means you’re part of a much wider team who can provide high-quality support.

“By working together with shared goals, we help our children and young people to be happier, safer and to enjoy an environment which allows them to thrive.

“For a child or young person in care, it’s often the case that they face bigger challenges than their peers – but we want every single one of them to achieve their full potential.

“This is where foster families make a life-changing contribution. They nurture, they inspire and they can become the most important people in a child’s life.”

Kirklees Council needs people of all ages, from all walks of life and from different backgrounds to be foster carers. This includes all genders, races, religions and sexual orientations.

You can foster whether you are single, in a relationship, married or in a civil partnership. You can foster whether or not you have children of your own and whether you own or rent your home.

Fostering is open to people who are employed, retired or claiming benefits. You don’t need qualifications or professional childcare experience.

The council provides a generous financial package, comprehensive training and wraparound support.

For more information about fostering with Kirklees Council, please visit

You can also email or chat to the team on 0800 389 0086.