Fostering is not the same as adoption. Foster care is a way of providing a family life for children who cannot live with their own parents for various reasons such as family illness and nobody to assist with the care of the child. Children may have been neglected or abused. The reasons for children requiring foster care are varied but primarily it is for the children’s health and safety. Foster carers provide care, stability and support to these children. This helps the children and young people to grow and develop in a positive and nurturing environment.
Adoption is when a court permanently transfers all parental rights and responsibilities for caring for someone else’s child to the adopters.
Foster Carers are approved by either a Local Authority or an Independent Fostering Agency. Both are inspected and regulated by Ofsted. Nearly 50% of children are looked after by foster carers with Independent Fostering Agencies.
With over 60,000 children in foster care and a national shortage of nearly 9000 foster homes more families are particularly needed to provide homes for teenagers, children with disabilities and sibling groups. Generally foster carers who prefer to look after babies and very young children apply to Local Authorities but this is not always the case.
Foundation Fostering always advises people to do their research and speak to both the Local Authority and Independent Fostering Agencies.
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