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Havering Council offers its support for borough’s hidden children

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 July 2017

Private Fostering Week runs from July 3 to 7. Pic: Havering Council

Private Fostering Week runs from July 3 to 7. Pic: Havering Council

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Havering Council is asking for residents who have someone else’s child living at their home to contact them.

If you are caring for someone else’s child for more than 28 days you need to inform the council as you may have unknowingly entered into a private fostering arrangement.

Councillor Robert Benham cabinet member for children and learning services said the council is here to support private foster carers.

Donna, a private foster carer for nine years, said: “I have a young girl in my care who is no blood relation to me.

“The family decided it would be better for her to stay with us.

“I contacted Havering Council, they provided both of us with our own social worker.

“This ensured any needs arising from the private fostering arrangement were identified and met.

“The council have supported me in pursuing court arrangements that give me parental rights for the child.”

Private fostering week runs from July 3 to 7.

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