Difference between Fostering and Adoption

Differences between Fostering and Adoption

What is fostering?

When you and your family foster, you provide a foster home and family life for someone else’s child. 

Many children in foster care will return home or go to live with family members.

A fostered child remains the legal responsibility of the council and/or their birth parents.  Usually, a child is in foster care until the age of 18.

As a foster carer you will receive support from a social worker.  Training and financial support towards the cost of caring for the fostered child.

  • Adoption is a legal process, whereas fostering is not a legal process. This is one of the main differences between adoption and fostering.
  • the court transfers all the parental rights for the child to the new parents in the case of adoption.
  • different types of foster care exist because every child’s need is different.


What is adoption?

Adoption is when you provide a child/children with a permanent home.  The child becomes part of your family. 

A court transfers all parental rights and responsibilities to you and your family.

Adoption is life changing.  Adopters receive support from the local authority that has placed the child with them.  They receive support until an adoption order is made and also post-adoption. If you’re thinking about adopting, please visit the Western Bay web pages.

These are the important differences between adoption and fostering.