Fostering for Adoption


Fostering for Adoption

Fostering for Adoption places a child with approved adopters who are also approved as foster carers, known as dually approved carers. Another route adoption agencies can use is to approve adopters as foster carers for a particular named child. During the fostering stage of the placement the court will weigh up what is in the child’s best interests in the longer term.

What are the advantages of Fostering for Adoption?

  • The child is placed with carers who may become their adopters at an early stage and avoids multiple placements for the child.
  • It will avoid the stressful upheaval for the child if he/she has to move from foster home to a new adoptive family once a court have reached a final decision.
  • The bonding period between the child and adoptive parents can begin sooner thus creating a secure and loving family life for the child.

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.

  • It is highly likely that you would go on to adopt the child, but you would have to deal with the uncertainty before the court reaches a final decision.
  • During the fostering stage of the placement you may be asked to bring the child for contact with members of the birth family at a supervised contact centre.
  • You would need to think about the possibility of the court not agreeing with the local authority’s adoption plan and the child returning to their birth family. You would need to work together with the local authority to manage this in the most sensitive way for the child. It can be a very distressing time for the Fostering for Adoption carers, even though it is judged to be the right thing to do by the court.

These are all matters that you would need to discuss with your social worker so that you can be clear about the task that you are undertaking. It is highly likely that many Fostering for Adoption placements will be made with adopters who have already adopted a sibling of the child. But it may be that local authorities and voluntary adoption agencies will have identified the potential for such placements in other circumstances. Finding child centred solutions that prevent delay and multiple placements is encouraging local authorities to consider carefully the options of ‘Early Permanence’ for young children.