Private fostering

Private fostering

Private fostering is where an adult, usually a parent, arranges for a child aged under 16 (or 18 where the child has disabilities) to be cared for by someone other than a close relative for more than 28 days, or for regular shorter periods. It does not apply where the child is placed by the Council, voluntary organisations, or as a result of certain Court Orders.

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 Situations could include:

  • Teenagers living with the family of a boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • Children living with a friend or extended family member because their parent is ill or separating, divorcing or there are arguments at home.
  • Children sent to this country by parents from overseas for health care or education.

A private foster carer does not have parental responsibility for a child which means they have to ask the parents about:

  • Medical or dental treatment
  • School trips
  • Taking the child on holiday etc
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Although we are not involved in making these arrangements, we do have to check that the children will be well cared for.

If you are considering a private fostering arrangement you must notify us at least 6 weeks before the date it begins.

In an emergency notify us as soon as possible, but within 48 hours of the arrangement being made.

If you are in this situation or are unsure if you are a private foster carer, contact familyandfriends@buckscc.gov.uk or telephone 01494 586460.