There are many reasons why children and young people are unable to live with their birth family or guardians.
Find out more about fostering on the Achieving for Children (AfC) website.
Private fostering is when parents make a special arrangement for their child to stay with someone else for more than 28 days (consecutively). This person is usually outside the family, not a close relative, and has no direct parental responsibility for the child.
Updated: 11 March 2019