FOSTER carers were invited to a special `thank you' evening by Kirklees Social Services Family Placement Unit.
The event at the George Hotel, Huddersfield, was for all Kirklees Social Services-approved foster carers. The aim was to thank them for their care and hard work over the years.
There was special recognition to those who had recently retired and those who had been foster carers for a number of years.
The event was held as part of National Foster Care Fortnight - to highlight the shortage of local foster carers.
More than 20 children are waiting for long-term foster families in Kirklees - and more than 30 more children are being cared for in foster placements away from friends and family because of a shortage of local foster carers.
A spokesman said: "Foster carers are ordinary people with special qualities. They have the ability to care for a child from any background or experience."
Clr Geoff Alvy, who has Cabinet responsibility for children's services at Kirklees Council, said: "There is a significant group of people who have dedicated their time and energy to support local children.
"This event recognised their efforts, but also highlighted our need for more people to take up the challenges that fostering can bring."
Kirklees Family Placement Team offer foster carers training, support, and financial allowances and payments for the skills they bring to fostering. They also provide foster carers with their own support worker.
To find out more about fostering, ring the Family Placement Team on 01924 483707 or see the website on www.kirklees.gov.uk/fostering