Kirklees Fostering Network

The KFN is an organisation run by Kirklees foster carers for the benefit of all Kirklees foster carers. You may not know this but if you are a Kirklees foster carer then you are already a member of the KFN and are entitled to all of the benefits and the support that it offers. Whats more, we can offer support and information to families that are thinking about becoming Kirklees foster carers or who are currently going through the assessment process.

All of the resource on this website is currently only available through the forums. If you are thinking about becoming a Kirklees foster carer or are already a Kirklees foster carer please take the time to become a forum member so you can join in because everyone will have something to share.

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Please visit our support forums where you can talk to other Kirklees carers.

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When you are approved as a foster carer, you are not left to cope alone. A qualified social worker will be identified as your supervising social worker (SSW) and support will include:

  • Frequent telephone contact.
  • Regular structured supervision and consultation.
  • Support from your SSW at professional meetings.
  • Access to the fostering teams duty social worker during office hours.
  • Access to a fostering advice line out of office hours, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. You will be called back by a social worker from our fostering service.
  • Access to an ongoing training programme including opportunities to undertake formal qualifications.
  • Access to a range of support groups.
  • A social worker from the Looked After Children's team to work with the children and young people.
  • Access to advice and support from the Looked after Children Mental Health Service (LACAMHS).
  • Individual membership to the Fostering Network (tFN).
  • Invitation to the foster carers social events.
  • Invitations to family social events including you, your children and the children you look after.
  • Activities and support groups for your children.

As well as the above, all approved Kirklees foster carers have automatic membership to the KFN and have access to all of the resource that the KFN has to offer. Collectively, the regular support providers in the KFN have decades of experience in looking after foster children and are available to provide that knowledge and experience to anyone who needs it. Access to this resource is available 24 hours a day via a dedicated telephone helpline and via the forums that are located on this site.

Kirklees Council also pays the Fostering Network (tFN) membership fee for each family that fosters. the Fostering Network (tFN) is an organisation that provides many valuable benefits for carers and are available to provide assistance, counselling and advice to all members.


Apologies if the details of the events seem vague, this is to protect the children and their carers when they are out and about on scheduled trips and activities. Details of all the events listed below can be found in the newsletters that we distribute, on the forums and in the forum calendar. Also, you can get in touch with the KFN using the details on the contact page.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

A day trip is being organised in August 2013 to visit the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Details are in the newsletter, on the forums and in the forum calendar. The entry fees on this trip are much better than normal!

Cooking, Craft & Cricket! Weather permitting, the children (and adults) can have the chance to play cricket. Details are in the newsletter, on the forums and in the forum calendar.

There will be an organised trip to Ponderosa in August. Details are in the newsletter, on the forums and in the forum calendar.

Hairspray the Musical! The KFN are selling tickets for a show in August. Details are in the newsletter, on the forums and in the forum calendar.

B.U.M.P.Y! Birstall motor cycle activities for children qualifying for D.L.A. Details are in the newsletter, on the forums and in the forum calendar.

Foster Care Fortnight™ is the Fostering Network's annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and is the UK's biggest foster carer recruitment campaign. This year's Foster Care Fortnight will take place from Monday 13 to Sunday 26 May 2013. Details of what the KFN will be doing will be made available on the forum.

The KFN are organising a trip to Beamish in May. The costs are discounted and a coach is available. Please see the events section on the forum for more details.

Kirklees Fostering Network (the KFN) is a registered charity that is organised and run by Kirklees foster carers. Some of its many aims is to offer foster carers extra support to run alongside the support that Kirklees Council offers its carers because sometimes the best support you can get is support from another carer. It also exists to be the collective voice of all Kirklees foster carers.

The charity has a committee that meets monthly to discuss issues. This meeting is open to all Kirklees foster carers and all carers are welcome to attend. The meeting and its location are announced on the calendar in the forums.

One of the fun aspects of the KFN is that it organises day trips to attractions and party evenings where we celebrate all sorts of topics and events.

You can contact us in several ways:

  • Telephone: 07866 635147
  • email:
  • You can contact members individually via the forum or post a message on there and someone will get back to you.

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Kirklees Fostering Network (The KFN) is a registered charity, number 1069217
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