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Are you a current foster carer wondering how to adopt your foster child? It’s important to note that there is a big difference between fostering and adoption. Learn more about how to adopt from foster care from our detailed guide. It is possible to adopt a foster child you’re taking care of – however, this process isn’t always as easy as you’d first imagine. You must first demonstrate you are eligible to adopt: You must be at least 21 years old You must have lived in the UK for a minimum of a year You must have a permanent home...

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Understanding the difference between short-term and long-term fostering is important before making the decision to become a foster carer. Find out the difference between the two, and which type of foster care is right for you. Short term fostering placements include anything from a single night of care from an emergency foster placement, to a multiple year placement. The duration of care in a short-term fostering placement is dependent on a number of factors – including whether it’s safe for the child to return to their birth family; whether long-term care is being sought for the child and if legal...

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A care leaver is a young person who’s aged between 16-25 years, has been ‘looked after’ at some point since they were 14 years old and have been in care on or after their 16th birthday. The leaving care age in England is 18 years, although some young people choose to leave care aged 16 or 17. A care leaver is entitled to ongoing support from Children’s Services after they leave care – although there are various categories of care leavers which depend on when they were in care, how long for and their age. A care leaver may...

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