Fostering for adoption
Fostering for adoption allows the local authority to place babies and young children in their permanent home at a very early stage. This reduces the number of potential moves a child will have as they are placed with prospective adoptive parents on a fostering basis sooner. This is known to benefit children in the short and longer term in terms of their development and their attachment experiences. If the court later agrees to a plan of adoption, these carers can then be matched with the child under the adoption regulation processes, and then proceed to legally adopting the child.
Fostering for Adoption carers must provide excellent day to day care of the child and work with professionals in supporting the child’s birth family to maintain contact with their child, including face to face meetings. Whilst the court makes decisions about the child’s future, Fostering for Adoption carers must be willing to invest in the short and long term needs of the child with an understanding that if the child cannot return home, they will adopt them. However, the Fostering for Adoption carers also need to be prepared to help return a child to their birth family if this is determined by the court to be in the child’s best interests.
Becoming a Fostering for Adoption carer is not suitable for all prospective adopters. You will need to be emotionally resourceful, flexible, and able to manage uncertainties. ACE social workers will support and guide you through this process. You will also be linked up with experienced Foster for Adoption carers for advice and support and receive supervision in accordance with fostering regulations.
ACE are particularly interested in extending early permanence to older children, some of whom will have been in the care of the local authority for some time where a return home to family has proved unsuccessful. We are also interested in placing children straight from birth family members into foster for adoption placements with additional support available to adopters.
“Unborn Jessica is the first child of her parents who remain in a relationship with each other. Both parents have a long history of heroin dependency. Children’s Services were notified of the pregnancy at 4 months.
A pre-birth parenting assessment was completed, and protective factors were noted to be birth mother’s honesty in relation to her drug use and the support of her parents. However, the assessment concludes that both parents have a history of chronic drug addiction and have continued to use drugs during the pregnancy, with no insight into the impact of this on their parenting capacity.
Extended family members are not able to offer a permanent home for unborn Jessica.”