Private Fostering

Doncaster Children’s Services Trust is asking residents during Private Fostering Week (4 -10 July) to help them ensure the safety and wellbeing of local children who don’t live at home with their parents or close relative.

Private fostering is when someone who is not a close relative cares for another person’s child for 28 days or more. Anyone involved in a private fostering arrangement is required by law to tell the Trust about these arrangements so that these children can be kept safe and their carers can get the support that they may be entitled to.

Local private foster carer Jenny* has been looking after fifteen year-old Mark* for the last 18 months.

Jenny said: “I agreed to care for Mark, because of bereavement within his family. I was asked by his mother if I could look after him so that he could live close to friends and school after his mother went to live abroad. We informed Doncaster Children’s Services Trust about the agreement and I was allocated a private fostering social worker, who made sure that Mark was safe and being properly cared for. My social worker continues to support me.

“Mark has settled down well and is happy living with me. His mum is coming over to visit later in the summer and we are in regular contact with her so she is kept informed about Marks progress at school and knows that he is being looked after by someone she knows and trusts.”

Mark Douglas, Chief Operating Officer for Doncaster Children’s Services Trust said: “Private foster carers often step in at a very difficult time and they do a really good and important job and raising awareness of children who may be cared for under these circumstances is the responsibility of everyone in Doncaster. If you know of any child who is being cared for privately we are asking you to let us know.”

For more information about private fostering visit www.doncasterchildrenstrust.co.uk/private-fostering or contact Doncaster Children’s Services Trust on 01302 734100. 

(*Jenny and Mark are not their real names)

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