What is Fostering for Adoption?

Fostering for adoption involves placing babies and young children with approved adopters who are also approved as foster carers, while decisions are made in the family court process about the child’s future. Fostering for adoption aims to ensure that more children can be placed with their potential adopters on a fostering basis while the legal agreement from the courts is made.

Fostering for adoption offers many benefits to both the family and the child, as important attachments are made when the child is at a very young age. It is highly likely that Fostering for Adoption placements will lead on to adopting the child, however carers will need to deal with the uncertainty while the courts final decision is made. If the court agrees that the child should be adopted and the match between the carers and the child is approved then the placement will become a permanent adoption placement.

What are the benefits of Fostering for Adoption?

  • The child is placed with carers who may become their adoptive parents at an early stage, avoiding multiple placements for the child.
  • The child will benefit from the stability and continuity of care from the earliest possible stage in their lives, with fewer disruptions and major changes to cope with.
  • It allows early attachment needs to be met and early bonding to begin, avoiding the damage of terminating various relationships at an early age.

What support do Fostering for Adoption carers receive?

We are committed to providing support to adoptive families and their children whenever it is required.
We have a dedicated team of experienced social workers ready to support and guide you through the
Fostering for Adoption process. We’ll help you to consider the suitability of this placement type for
your family, how to manage the uncertainty and risks involved and also discuss any hopes, concerns
and the practical implications of becoming an adopter.