BAAF hails Hodge's decision to act on private foster care

BAAF Adoption and Fostering is claiming victory after the success of its campaign to persuade the Government to legislate to protect those children fostered privately rather than through the state system.

After several months of lobbying the Government, the charity has received a letter from Children's Minister Margaret Hodge confirming that the Government intends to include measures to regulate private fostering in the forthcoming Children's Bill.

Private fostering, where a child is in the care of someone who is not a close relative, often goes unchecked because the state is unaware of arrangements that have been made. This can have catastrophic consequences, as with the case of Victoria Climbie, killed by her great aunt.

BAAF launched its campaign after discovering that the Every Child Matters Green Paper did not mention private fostering.

"I believe that hearing a human portrayal of the realities of life for privately fostered children, backed up by the voice of professionals, persuaded the Government to take action," said Harvey Gallagher, director of marketing and communications at BAAF.

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