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Fostering - Sandwell Children's Trust

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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.

Cousins, great aunts/uncles and family friends are not close relatives.

Close relatives are:

  • step-parents
  • grandparents
  • brothers and sisters
  • uncles or aunts (whether of full blood, half blood or marriage/civil partnership).

If you live in Sandwell, the law says you must tell us if:

  • your child is being privately fostered
  • you are caring for someone else's child as a private foster carer.

If you want to tell us about a private fostering arrangment, have any questions or need to ask anything about being a privately fostered child, please contact us.

The Private Fostering Service is part of Sandwell Children's Trust

Who to contact

Contact Name
Private Fostering - Sandwell
0121 569 3101
Private Fostering

Where to go

Private Fostering - Sandwell
The Wellman Building
Dudley Road
B69 3DL
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Last updated: 24/09/2020