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Fostering and Adoption


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.

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.


Adoption is the legal process by which a child who cannot be brought up by their own parents legally becomes a full and permanent member of a new family and the adoptive parents gain full parental responsibility of the child. For information about adoption in York visit the City of York Council website.


Family Rights Group

The Family Rights Group work with parents whose children are in need, at risk or are in the care system and with members of the wider family who are raising children unable to remain at home. They offer a free and confidential telephone and digital advice service providing legal and practical advice to families and much more. Follow the link above to the website or email:  or free phone: 0808 801 0366