What is the difference between adoption and fostering?

Fostering is a way of offering children and young people a home while their own family is unable to look after them. It can be a temporary arrangement and some fostered children return to the own families. Those children that cannot return to their families often live in long-term foster care and have continued support from the local authority or health and social care trust. These young people may continue to have contact with their families. Foster carer never have parental responsibility for a child that they care for. The Fostering foundation specialises in long term and permanent placements as this is what the majority of our looked after children need.

Adoption is a way of providing a new family for children who cannot be brought up by their own parents. It is a legal procedure and all parental responsibility is transferred to the adopters. An adopted child loses all legal ties with their birth parents.

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