About 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:
- brothers or sisters
- uncles or aunts, whether of full blood, half blood, marriage or affinity
All parents and private foster carers must notify us to avoid missing out on welfare checks for the children, and other support services.
For more information and advice follow the link to the website About private fostering | Private fostering | Thurrock Council