Kate's engagement with foster care charity revealed

Children's charities and organisations that support young people can always count on support from the Duchess of Cambridge. On Tuesday 17 November, the Duchess, née Kate Middleton, will once again shine a light on The Fostering Network, a group dedicated to helping fostered kids.

Kensington Palace has confirmed that the Duchess will attend the charity's annual Fostering Excellence Awards later this month. The ceremony celebrates the achievements of foster carers, young people, social workers and others within the fostering community.

Kate, 33, will meet all award winners at a special tea party at the British Medical Association House in London. She will then present the Fostering Achievement Award to three winners, who have been fostered and who are being recognised for their extraordinary achievements.


Kate will present the Fostering Achievement Award to three young people later this month

During the engagement Kate will hear the inspirational stories of young people who have overcome difficulties.

The awards ceremony is also a chance to applaud every single foster carer, social worker, local authority, fostering service, civil servant, politician, employer and organisation who has a passion for foster care, and who put the needs of children first.

The 33-year-old Duchess was first introduced to The Fostering Network in January

Since becoming parents Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Kate and Prince William have become even more committed to children's causes. The mother of two was first introduced to The Fostering Network in January.

The Duchess, who was five months pregnant with Charlotte at the time, visited the charity in Islington, north London. The charity's president Jim Bond praised his royal guest of honour for "shining a light on fostering" and Kate was given a special memory box to remind her of her day with the charity.

The Fostering Network brings together everyone involved in fostering to help fostered children and young people to achieve the very best they can. It also highlights the need for more people to come forward and act as foster carers. There is currently a need for at least 8,370 new foster families across the UK.