Children in private fostering

A Private Fostering situation is an arrangement whereby an adult, who is not a relative of the child, cares for a child under the age of 16 years (or in the case of a disabled child, under 18 years) for more than 28 days. Under the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, a relative is defined as a parent, grandparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt or step parent or someone with parental responsibility. In contrast to Foster Care, the Health and Social Care Trust does not place the child in a private fostering arrangement, but anyone privately fostering a child or the child’s parents must notify their local Trust.

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