Private Fostering - Parents

Birth Parents

Birth parents must:

Retain Parental responsibility for their child(ren) by initiating and participating in all decision making processes in the placement.

Give the prospective carer as much information about the child as possible. This includes health records, dietary needs or preferences, school records, hobbies, religion and ethnicity.

What Do Birth Parents Need To Do?

You should notify Cumbria Children's Services that your child(ren) have gone to live with someone else, and who that person is.

Then a social worker should visit your child in the first seven days, and check the arrangements are suitable. This involves making enquiries about the carers and their suitability to meet a child's needs.

They can also help with other support including:
Advice on claiming benefits and possible funding for some essential items;
Parenting support and advice;
Help in bringing families in crisis back together.