Private fostering – Powys County Council

22 February 2023

Private fostering

Looking after someone else’s child? That could be a private fostering arrangement and you need to let us know so we can support you.

Private fostering is when a child under 16 (or under 18 if disabled) is looked after in the home of someone who is not a close relative or guardian, for more than 28 days.

The arrangement is made between the child’s birth parents and the proposed carer, and often comes about as a positive response to a family’s difficult circumstances; but the child’s welfare must always come first. So, we need to be satisfied that the welfare of the child who is, or will be, privately fostered is being satisfactorily safeguarded and promoted.

Cllr Sandra Davies, Cabinet Member for Future Generations, said: “If you’re a private foster carer, then please let us know. This isn’t about ‘checking up’ on you. It’s about making sure that the right support is in place, and the child is being well looked after, and that the carers can access any resources they may need.”

If you are aware of an arrangement taking place, we ask that you please get in touch so we can provide help and support to those families.

Please contact Children’s Services Front Door via, 

Email – [email protected]

Telephone 01597 827 666 (office hours) 0845 054 4847 (out of hours)

For more information on private fostering, please visit

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