Adoption
Adoption

Difference between adoption and fostering

If you’re unsure whether adoption or fostering will suit you best, just get in touch with our friendly team.

Our team are skilled at identifying potential carers’ strengths, limitations and areas for development, and will help you to decide on the best option.

What is adoption?

When you adopt, a court permanently transfers all parental rights and responsibilities for caring for someone else’s child to you.

You provide the child or children with a permanent home and the child becomes part of your family, as if they had been born into it, even taking your surname.

Adoption is life changing, having significant legal, emotional, psychological and social consequences for everyone involved. To help them adjust, our adopters receive support from the local authority that has placed the child with them, until an adoption order is made, and also post-adoption support. If you’re thinking about adopting, check out our adoption pages for more information.

What is fostering?

When you foster, you provide a temporary home and family life for someone else’s child when they are unable to live with their birth family. Most children who are fostered will, hopefully, return home.

Where this isn’t possible, we’ll look at alternatives, such as placing the child with other relatives, being adopted or possibly being permanently fostered.

Unlike adoption, a fostered child remains the legal responsibility of the council and/or their birth parents. Foster carers receive regular support from their social worker, training and financial support towards the cost of caring for the fostered child. If you’re thinking about fostering, check out our fostering pages for more information.

Get in touch

Interested in fostering with us? We'd love to hear from you.

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0300 123 6723

Fostering or adoption, what's right for you?

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