Become a Foster Carer

What is the difference between fostering and adoption?

Although both involve the care of children and young people, they are quite different.  Whilst fostering is a temporary arrangement with the goal of the child or young person returning to their birth home, adoption is a permanent arrangement and your adopted child will have the same legal status as if they were your birth child.

On occasions, foster placements are classed as ‘long term’ and can mean you are responsible for their child or young person’s care until they reach the age of 21.

What is the difference between fostering and adoption?

Although both involve the care of children and young people, they are quite different.  Whilst fostering is a temporary arrangement with the goal of the child or young person returning to their birth home, adoption is a permanent arrangement and your adopted child will have the same legal status as if they were your birth child.

On occasions, foster placements are classed as ‘long term’ and can mean you are responsible for their child or young person’s care until they reach the age of 21.