Private fostering

Private fostering

Are you looking after someone else’s child?

Private Fostering is when a child is cared for by someone who is not a parent or close relative for 28 days or more. Unlike our other fostering options, it’s usually a private arrangement between the parent and carer, but the law says that we need to know about it to help keep children safe.

Although the parents or carers of the child are responsible for notifying us of where their child is staying, this does not always happen. Anyone can help identify these potentially vulnerable children and assist by either speaking to the child’s carer, if appropriate, or informing children’s services.

Private fostering situations could involve, for example:

  • Children sent to this country for education or health care by birth parents living overseas
  • Children living with a friend’s family as a result of parental separation, parental illness or family breakdown
  • Teenagers living with the family of a boyfriend or girlfriend

If you live in Poole and look after a child or children in any of the above situations, or know someone who does, please call us on 01202 735046 or email