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Private fostering

If you care for someone else's child for 28 days or more this may be a private fostering arrangement.

Private fostering can occur for many reasons such as:

  • children going to live with a friend's family after separation, divorce or arguments at home
  • children coming from abroad to access education and health services
  • teenagers living with the family of a boyfriend or girlfriend

It does not refer to children on weekend or holiday visits.

If you answer yes to the following questions, you may be a private foster carer.

  1. Do you look after a child who is not closely related to you?
  2. Do they live with you?
  3. Is this a private arrangement between you and the child's parent?
  4. Is this a full-time arrangement?
  5. Will it last for 28 days or more?

If you live in Stockton-on-Tees, you must notify the Local Authority if you have a private fostering arrangement

Contact The Children's Hub on 01429 284284.