Fostering for adoption
Fostering for adoption is when a child is placed with approved adopters who are also approved as foster carers. During the fostering stage of the placement, the court weighs up what’s in the child’s best interests in the longer term.
If you want to foster for adoption, you need to be able to deal with the uncertainty of the period before the court’s final decision. If the court agrees that the child should be adopted and the match is approved, then the placement becomes an adoption placement.
The advantages of fostering to adopt
The child is placed with carers who may become their adopters at an early stage, which avoids multiple placements. This is much better for the child because it avoids the stress and upheaval of moving from a foster home to a new adoptive family.
Another advantage is that the bonding period between you and the child can begin sooner, creating a secure and loving family life for the child.
We're here every step of the way
Deciding to adopt a child is a huge step, it has the potential to change your life and that child's life forever.
We provide advice and guidance every step of the way, and we're here to answer all of your questions.
So, if you're thinking about adoption, give us a call on +44 (0) 1534 443970 and have a chat, email us or contact us on Facebook.
10 things you should know about adoption
Did you know?
- there's no upper age limit, you have to be 25 or over (unless you're adopting a relative)
- you can adopt if you're single
- there's no ethnic matching, we just want you to meet the needs of the child
- it's quicker than you think, approximately 6 to 8 months
- disabilities won't stand in your way
- we welcome pets
- you don't have to be a homeowner
- your salary isn't a barrier
- you can adopt if you have children already
- you can adopt if you're lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
How adoption works
Adoption provides a permanent new family for children who can’t be with their own parents. It's a legal procedure which transfers all parental responsibility to the adoptive parents. The adopted child becomes a new member of the adoptive family and they receive the same rights as if they were born into that family. The birth parents of the child lose all parental rights or responsibilities.
Adopted children may choose to keep in contact with some of their birth family, this is usually arranged and agreed during the adoption process, however the child’s safety and wellbeing is our first priority.
Once granted, an adoption order can’t be reversed, except in very rare circumstances.