Most children spend some time staying with relatives or friends. Sometimes a temporary arrangement can become more long term and when it does, it may be classed as private fostering.
Private fostering is when a child up to the age of 16 (or 18 if the child has a disability) is placed for more than 28 days in the care of someone who is not a close relative, guardian or someone with parental responsibilities.
If you're involved in this kind of arrangement, the law says that you must notify Middlesbrough Council about it.
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