Private Fostering is when a child or young person under 16
(or 18 if disabled) goes to live for 28 days or more with someone
who is not a:
- Parent (including step parent).
- Close relative (grandparent, aunt or uncle, brother or
- Guardian (or person with parental responsibility).
Private Fostering is different from public fostering, where a
child is accommodated by the local authority, and is usually
arranged by the parent and carer.
Examples of Private Fostering include:
- A teenager living with a friend's family because of problems at
- A child living with the unmarried partner of a parent, when the
parent leaves the home.
- Children from overseas who come here without a parent for a
holiday exchange, educational course or to seek asylum.
- Children with parents whose study or work involves long or
If your child is going to be privately fostered or you are a
private foster carer the law says that you must tell the
Children's Services within your Local Authority about it six
weeks beforehand, or immediately if the arrangement has already
begun. It is an offence not to do so.
The law also includes any third party involved in making the
arrangement, for example a language college, and any organisation,
for example a school, in contact with a child or young person who
is privately fostered if that organisation believes
that Children's Services have not been told by the carer
Get more information on the types of caring through
Get more information on the types of
caring over the phone
Children's Services: 0845 607 2000
- Adoption UK
Adoption UK is a
national charity run by and for adopters, providing self-help
information, advice, support and training on all aspects of
adoption and adoptive parenting
- British Association for Adoption and
The Homepage for a British charity that supports
children who are adopted or fostered
- Children's Legal
Provide free independent legal advice to children, parents and
- Family Rights Group (FRG)
Provides advice to parents and family members whose children are
involved with or require social care services
- Department of Health
of an organisation that resolves issues to do with health
- The Grandparents'
Supports grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren
on a full-time basis and those who have lost or are losing contact
- Grandparents Plus
Champions the role of grandparents and the wider family in
children's lives, especially when they take on the caring
The Homepage of a
charity who want to safeguard all children
- Family Lives
The Homepage of
a website that helps parents deal with family lives
- Somebody Else's
The Homepage full of information on
privately fostering children
- The Fostering Network
Homepage of the UK's leading charity for foster care
Advocacy organisation for
children living away from home or in need
- Young Minds
organisation that works to improve the emotional wellbeing and
mental health of children and young people and empowering their
parents and carers
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This page was last reviewed 29 November 2013 at 15:01.
The page is next due for review 28 May 2015.