You can find information about fostering and adoption on the County Council’s dedicated website. It’s a great place to start if you’re looking for more information about fostering and adoption, including step-by-step guides, frequently asked questions and success stories from some of our families. If you’re interested, please go to the fostering and adoption website or phone for a chat on freephone 0800 587 9900. You can also find information on the Somerset County Council website. Fostering Adoption Private fostering Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (18 if disabled) lives with someone who is not a close relative, guardian or person with parental responsibility for 28 days or more. Private fostering is not the same as fostering arranged by the local authority. If you are privately fostering a child or children you need to let Somerset County Council know. You can find out more about Private fostering on the Council’s website.