What is Private Fostering?
Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if they have a disability) 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:
brothers and sisters
uncles or aunts (whether of full blood, half blood or marriage/civil partnership).
Cousins, great aunts/uncles and family friends are not close relatives.
It is a legal requirement to notify Dudley Council of a private fostering arrangement.
For more information: Private Fostering Leaflet