What happens when a child is taken into care?
8 Benefits of being a Foster Parent
Fostering as a career
How long does it take to become a foster carer?
Becoming a foster carer in the UK
Cultural diversity in foster care
How to foster a child
Can I choose who I foster?
What is the role of an independent fostering agency?
How to support the reunification process
What is private fostering?
Benefits of fostering with an independent fostering agency
Fostering a child with disabilities
Fostering a disabled child
Changing IFA: Transferring to Excel Fostering
What happens on an initial home visit?
How to prepare your home for a foster child
Can I take my foster child on holiday?
How to prepare for fostering a child for the first time
Children who foster
5 Myths about Fostering Teenagers
How much does it cost to raise a child in the UK?
5 Foster Child Bedroom Ideas
Can I foster if I have pets?
Positive Behaviour Management Strategies for Children in Foster Care
How to bond with your foster child
What is a Care Leaver?
Reasons for a child to be taken into care
How to adopt from foster care
Fostering Vs Adoption
Tips for coping when foster placements end.
Does my foster child have depression?
How to deal with foster child bullying
Do foster carers get a pension?
Common Fostering Challenges and How to Overcome Them
The main difference between fostering and adoption is that fostering is usually a temporary measure, whereas adoption is generally a more long-term, permanent solution. As a foster parent, although you are in the role of a parent, the local authority and child’s birth parent have responsibility for the child – however, as adoptive parents, you have full legal parental responsibility.
If you’re interested in fostering, there are a set of fostering requirements which you will need to meet in order to proceed in the application process. However, the requirements for adoption differ. To apply to foster, you must:
There are also requirements for a child to be adopted, which state that:
It’s difficult to know whether fostering or adoption is the right path for you. However, one of the main considerations should be the demand for fostering versus adoption. The UK currently needs around 8,500 carers in order to support the number of children in care – whereas, the demand for adoption is a lot lower.
Another point to consider is the commitment. Adoption is a life-time commitment – whereas foster care, although still a serious commitment, has more flexibility than adoption. This is because you’re likely to experience a wealth of placements, over different time periods, meaning you’ll be exposed to much more experience, and have the opportunity to help change more young lives.
If the idea of taking care of the same child, or children, over a long period time is more appealing to you than experiencing different placements, long term fostering could be the solution for you. Also known as permanent fostering, this allows the child the opportunity to still maintain a relationship with their birth family – which may be beneficial to their development. This differs from adoption as, typically, the child will have no contact with their birth parents.
Knowing the demand the fostering industry brings, and the commitment both adoption and fostering require, it’s important to make the right decision for you on whether you should foster or adopt. If you still need help deciding, our friendly professionals are on hand to deliver information and support regarding this decision. Get in touch with us today to find out more.
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