Looking after someone else's child
- Looking after someone else's child (You are here)
- Reasons why you could be privately fostering a child
- What should I do if I intend to privately foster a child?
- The needs of the child
- Support for you
If you are looking after, or intend to look after someone else's child, then may have entered into a private fostering arrangement. This means you may be a private foster carer and you are required to inform us of the agreement.
Private fostering occurs when a parent makes arrangements for their child to be cared for by someone other than themselves for more than 28 days. This may be with extended family (not a blood relative or someone connected through marriage) or a family friend. A child is considered anyone under the age of 16, or a disabled young person under 18.