Fostering for adoption

Fostering for Adoption places a child during the period of temporary local authority care with foster carers who are also approved as adopters. If the court agrees that the child should be adopted and the adoption agency approves the 'match' between the carers as adopters and the child, the placement becomes an adoption placement.

What are the advantages of Fostering for Adoption?

• They are placed with carers who may become their adopters, giving permanence at an early stage
• It avoids the damage caused by terminating temporary foster care relationships which they will have experienced as their primary parenting relationship
• It allows the early months and years of the child's life to be what most children need and expect

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, as a foster carer you are caring for the child under the direct supervision of the local authority so you'd need to consider whether this is something you'd be comfortable with. It is highly likely that you would go on to adopt the child but you would have to deal with the uncertainty of this outcome. You would need to think about the possibility of the court not agreeing the adoption plan and the child leaving your care.

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 about preparing a child for that period of uncertainty in the fostering phase. They may have questions and views themselves but they should also be an important source of support.