Fostering for Adoption

What is Fostering for Adoption?

Fostering for Adoption places a child with approved adopters who will act as foster carers for the child during a period of temporary local authority care whilst decisions are made about the long-term plan for the child. If the court decides that the child should be adopted and the adoption agency approves the ‘match’ between the adopters and the child, the placement becomes an adoption placement.

What are the advantages of Fostering for Adoption?

  • The child is placed with carers who may become their adopters often right from birth
  • It reduces the disruption of being moved from temporary foster placement
  • It allows the child time to bond in the early months of their life
  • It allows adopters to have a much younger child placed with them

Is Fostering for Adoption right for me?

There will be a number of things that you will need to think about as a Fostering for Adoption carer.

Initially, you will be under the direct supervision of the Local Authority so you’d need to consider whether this is something you’d be comfortable with.

The child would still have contact with their birth family and you would need to think about how you would deal with what can be an unsettling time for them.

It is highly likely that you would go on to adopt the child but this is not guaranteed and you need to think about how you would deal with this uncertainty.

It is important for you to consider what support you might need, what access you have to support and how you typically deal with stressful, upsetting or painful situations.

There will be specific issues to be thought about in Fostering for Adoption placements and you should try to identify what this might mean for you and your family and then discuss this with family members and close friends. You would do this anyway if you were planning to adopt another child but there are specific issues with fostering for adoption about preparing a child for that period of uncertainty in the fostering phase.

Want to know more ?

Download the Fostering for Adoption information booklet or call the recruitment team on 0800 169 2061.

PDF Document Fostering for Adoption 2016 A Guide (232 KB)