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Private fostering

Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a 'close relative'. This is a private arrangement made between a parent and a carer, for 28 days or more. Close relatives are defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts (whether of full blood, half blood or marriage/affinity).

Leaflet - Private Fostering info for young people, parents and carers

Information on private fostering can be found on the Herefordshire Council website, using the links below:

What is private fostering?

Are you staying with someone who isn't a close member of your family?

Are you looking after someone else's child?

Is someone else looking after your child?

Fostering team contact details

Tel: 01432 383240

Web:

Further information on private fostering can also be found on the CoramBAAF website https://www.privatefostering.org.uk/