Private Fostering

Private Fostering is the term used when a parent or guardian places a child, under school leaving age, in the care of someone who is not a close relative or an approved Foster Carer, for a period of more than 28 days.

Examples of private fostering could include:

  • Looking after a friends child while they work away from home.
  • Caring for a child for a few weeks while the parent sorts out personal problems.
  • Acting as a host family for a child or young person studying in the UK.

If you are planning to use a private foster carer, you must notify the local authority about this at least 2 weeks before the placement starts.

If the placement was an emergency, then you need to give notice within seven days of the placement starting.

You can do this by contacting

or by completing the Private Fostering Notification Form (PDF) and returning it to:

Kinship Care Worker (Private Fostering)
6 Moss Street
IV30 1LU

Private Fostering

The Scottish Government has produced information about private Fostering for Parents and carers:

Private Fostering – Information for parents and carers (PDF)

Local Authority Responsibilities

The Moray Council has a responsibility to secure the welfare of all privately fostered children in our area and so we need to carry out a number of checks including visiting the child and private foster carer.

Private Fostering, Local Authority Responsibilities (PDF)

Contact Us

Private Fostering Social Worker
Rose Cottage
PO Box 6770
IV30 9BX

01343 563568

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