Foster to Adopt is a highly child-centred approach. It provides children with good quality, uninterrupted and consistent care whilst the court decides on the plan for the child. Consistent care for the child reduces possible future harm and supports the child in developing healthy attachments.
Carers who adopt through Foster to Adopt get to know and love their children from a very young age, often from birth, and help them through the time in their life when they are most vulnerable, this is something that may not always be possible with traditional adoption.
Foster to Adopt carers have the immense satisfaction of providing stability and security for the child at their early stage of development, with the possibility that they may become their legally adopted child, if agreed by the court.
Foster to Adopt carers to get to know the child’s birth family through caring for the child whilst the parents are still involved and possibly through regular contact sessions. This can then form the basis for meaningful contact in the future if all parties agree. Getting to know the birth family can be very important for the child in later life offering them real insight into their early life. Carers will also develop a better understanding of the difficulties that the parents have faced which will be immensely valuable when sharing information with their child as they get older.
If a child does return home to live with birth family, carers will have the satisfaction of knowing that they have given the child the best possible start in life by providing care, love and stability from the earliest stages and will play a part in helping them settle back into their family. Likewise, if the carers go on to adopt the child, the birth family will take comfort that they have met the family who is going to care for their child and they will know they are safe, loved and well cared for.