Kinship "Foster" Carers
 A place for those who care

It is with great sadness that we have to report the untimely passing of our dear friend and admin Laura Warner on 5th March 2014.  Laura was an amazing friend and we will miss her dreadfully.  For those that met Laura you will know that she was one of a kind, funny, witty, a mine of information and always willing to help anyone.  She phoned carers regularly to help them through the kinship process and was a whirlwind at fundraising and organising. She was a vital part of Kinfest, the Christmas dinner, worked closely with Grandparents Plus on various panels and gave many talks on Kinship and a lot more besides. She was our friend and part of our family.  Laura will be missed by all of us and the world is a sadder place without her.  Paula and Vicki were with her at the end and she looked peaceful and felt no pain for which we are eternally grateful.

To describe Laura Warner as a dynamo would be an understatement. It was decided by the Admins of the Kinship "Foster” Carers Group in 2012 to take Kinfest from being a small holiday into a not-for-profit organization with the aim of bringing as many kinship carers and the children they look after together. Laura & Karen collated the information gleaned by the Admin team and built this website with the aim of having a one-stop shop of information for carers in the UK.

Laura acquired the first Kinfest donation of £1000 from her employers – Ward & Partners. This helped Kinfest 2012, but it was Kinfest 2013 which saw a turning point. Laura’s skills and tenacity with fundraising (both cash and goods) came to the forefront and Kinfest 2013 became the most popular ever.

No-one attending the Sunday lunch at last year’s Kinfest could forget her standing at the front encouraging people to have a go at the tombola. Laura would always ensure she introduced herself to "newbies” and made everyone feel welcome at both Kinfest and the Christmas lunches held in Northampton.

Laura was passionate about bringing Kinship Carers and the children together in a non-judgemental environment. Laura hated injustice and believed that where Kinship was the best environment for the child, their carers should be treated fairly by the Local Authorities. Laura was proud of the Blue Handprint (the group’s logo) which is now known in many circles as the symbol of Kinship Care. Laura was fiercely loyal and protective of her family and friends but somehow still managed to remain the diplomat.

The spirit of Laura will forever live in Kinfest. For this, we are immensely grateful.

If anyone would like to make a donation to Kinfest in Laura's memory, you can do this via bank transfer to the following account using the reference of "Laura".

Account Name : Kinfest
Cowley Branch of Lloyds Bank plc
PO Box 1000, BX1 1LT
Sort Code 77-23-07
Account No. 12088560