published on 13 September 2017
Do you know about Private Fostering?
Private Fostering is when a child under the age of 16, or 18 if disabled, is living with someone who is not:
• A parent
• A close relative
• Someone who has parental responsibility
Under these arrangements, the law defines a close relative as a child’s brother or sister, grandparent, step-parent, aunt and uncle. An aunt or uncle must be the sister or brother of one of the child’s parents.
Private foster carers may be extended family such as a cousin or great aunt, a friend of the family or parents of a child’s boyfriend or girlfriend. They could also be someone unknown to the family who is willing to privately foster a child.
These arrangements have to last for a total of 28 days or more. It does not matter if the carer is paid or provides care for free – it is still regarded as private fostering.
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