Fostering for adoption
"Jack is a newborn baby. Jack’s birth family have been unable to keep him safe from significant harm and therefore he was removed at birth. Jack’s plan is for adoption. He has been placed with adoptive parents who have been approved to act as temporary foster carers and then adopt Jack if his plan is for adoption is agreed by the court. This means Jack has had the earliest opportunity to be placed with his adoptive parents."
Fostering for adoption is a process where we place a child with foster carers who are also approved as adopters while the child is in temporary local authority care.
If the court agrees that the child should be adopted and the adoption agency approves the ‘match’ between the foster carers and the child, the placement becomes an adoption placement.
What are the advantages of fostering for adoption?
- It gives the child as much stability as can be given at the earliest possible stage.
- It can avoid damage that can be caused by ending temporary foster care arrangements.
- 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 you?
As foster carer you will be under the direct supervision of the local authority so you’ll need to consider whether this is something you’ll be comfortable with.
It is highly likely that you will go on to adopt the child but you’ll need to consider how you will deal with the possibility of the court not agreeing the adoption plan and the child leaving your care.
It is important for you to think about what support you might need, what access you have to support and how you deal with stressful, upsetting or painful situations. There are specific issues you need to consider around preparing a child for the uncertainty in the fostering phase.
If you are interested in fostering to adopt please contact us.