Foster Care

I want to provide a home and care to children, but I’m not sure I can make the permanent commitment of adopting. I’m interested in foster care.

If you have fully explored adoption and decided that it’s not right for you, you may want to look into fostering. Foster care offers children a safe and caring family, usually temporarily, while they are unable to live with their own. Foster carers never have parental responsibility for a child they foster. They are trained to become child care experts, working as a team with social workers and other professionals. They also maintain contact with the child’s family while social workers resolve problems to enable the child to return home or until alternative plans are made. For more information, you may want to contact the following: The Fostering Network  is the UK’s leading charity for foster carers. Their ‘Could You Foster’ webpages provide information for anyone interested in becoming a foster carer, including the different types of fostering available, as well as the option to find a fostering service in your area. Fosterline is a confidential, impartial information and advice service for foster carers and anyone interested in becoming a foster carer. In addition to the website, they also run an advice line 0800 040 7675.

I’m a foster carer and want to adopt the child I foster

In most cases, being a foster carer does not lead to adopting a child. However, occasionally a child who is fostered may be adopted by their foster carer. This may be because the plans for the child change or that it becomes clear that they can’t return to their parents or to another relative or friend. If the local authority has decided that adoption is the plan for a child you foster, and you wish to be considered to adopt the child, it is best to discuss your wishes with the local authority responsible for the child and if possible, go through their adoption process. First4Adoption’s advisers on 0300 222 0022 can provide information about adoption for foster carers, including the new ‘fast track’ process.

Watch Foster Mums, Clare and Rachel below talk about their decision to adopt the children in their care.