Private fostering

Private foster care is when a child under 16 years of age, or 18 if disabled, is cared for by an adult who is not a relative for more than 28 days.

This could be because:

  • the child has been sent to this country for education or health care by their birth parents from overseas
  • the child is living with a friend’s family as a result of parental separation, divorce or arguments at home
  • a teenager is living with the family of a boyfriend or girlfriend
  • a parent’s hours of work or study makes it difficult for them to look after their child

It is the parent’s responsibility to make sure the carer is suitable. We make sure the children are well cared for by making regular visits. The parents still have parental responsibility for their child and should be involved in decisions concerning their development.

You should tell us at least six weeks before a private fostering arrangement begins, unless it is in an emergency when we should be notified within 48 hours.


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