Fostering for adoption

Last year Cornwall Council placed 8 young babies with their adoptive parents via a Fostering for adoption arrangement.

Fostering for adoption is when a child is placed with adopters who are temporarily approved as foster carers whilst the Court decides the future plan for the child.

If the Court agrees that the child should be adopted, and the adoption agency feels that it is the right family for the child, then they go on to adopt the child.

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Fostering for adoption arrangements only occur where there is clear evidence to the Local Authority that there is very little likelihood that the birth parents, or other members of their family can take care of the child.

For the child, this means that they have less moves, and this can help them greatly in terms of their attachment to their carers/adoptive parents.

Concurrent carers foster a child whilst the Court decides the future plan for the child.

During this time, the child will regularly see their birth parents and the carers need to support the birth families efforts to regain the care of their children.

If the Court decide that the birth family are able to care for the child, the child will return to their care, and the concurrent carers will need to support this.

However, if, as in most cases, the Court decides that adoption is in the best interests of the child, the child remains with the concurrent carers who will adopt them.