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Becoming a Foster Carer gives you the opportunity to make a significant difference to a child’s life.

This can be done through the Isle of Wight Fostering Service at IW Council or through an independent fostering agency.

Foster carers are given comprehensive training and on-going support.

Private Fostering is when a child or young person under the age of 16 years old (18 if they have a disability) is looked after for 28 days or more by someone who isn’t a close relative, guardian, or person with parental responsibility. Close relatives include parents, step-parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents. The law states that carers and parents must notify the Local Authority of any private fostering arrangement. They need to be sure that the child is safe, happy and healthy and offer support to you as a private foster carer when needed.

See more about Kinship Carers here