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Private Fostering - 
Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (or 18 if disabled) lives with someone for 28 days or more who is not a:

- close relative such as a grandparent, sibling, uncle or aunt or step-parent


- guardian


- person with parental responsibility


The parent/s and the private foster carer would make this arrangement, not the local council.


You must inform Dorset Council if you know about a child that is being or going to be privately fostered.


By law, we must know of any arrangement. Dorset's Children's Services can then make sure the arrangement is suitable.


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