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Fostering is about looking after children in a safe and secure environment when they can't live with their own families.

Following incidents such as family difficulties, illness or drug related problems it is sometimes best for a child to be placed in a foster home.

In some cases fostering can be very short term, perhaps even overnight, and many children return home to their parents once the problem has been resolved. In other cases, children are unable to return home and need long term foster care or adoption.

Fostering is not always an easy ride. Some of the children and young people needing care have experienced violence or abuse. Many will be very demanding. All children are likely to experience some distress at moving into a new environment and will need a stable home and the support of caring, loving foster carers.


If you are interested in finding out more about fostering please contact the Family Placement Team, or complete a fostering enquiry form on the City of York Council website and return it to the contact address.

Statement of Purpose

The Fostering Service has by law to produce an annual "Statement of Purpose" (which can be downloaded from downloads section on this page) outlining what it does and who is involved in providing the service.

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Private Fostering

Private fostering is when someone, who is not a close relative*, cares for another person's child (aged up to 16 (under 18, if disabled)) for 28 days or more. Although this is done by private arrangement, the parent and the carer has a legal obligation to notify the local authority where the child is going to live, so that the local authority can ensure that the child is being looked after properly.