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If your child is in private fostering, you should read this leaflet. It will help you to ensure that your child is properly cared for.

Private fostering situations could involve:

  • children sent to this country for education or health care by birth parents from overseas
  • children living with a friend’s family as a result of parental separation, divorce or arguments at home or any other reason
  • teenagers living with the family of a boyfriend or girlfriend
  • people who come to this country to study or work, but antisocial hours make it difficult for them to use ordinary day care
  • children who, for educational reasons, stay with friends or neighbours when their parents move.