What is the difference between adoption and permanent fostering?

Posted on: 20 June 2013

Adoption is a legal process where all the rights and responsibilities of the birth parents are transferred to adoptive parent(s) so that the child becomes a fully integrated member of the new family, with all the accompanying legal and emotional stability.

Permanent fostering is an arrangement where children who cannot return home to their birth family live with a foster family on a permanent basis while still having contact with their birth family members. The ‘parental responsibility’ remains with the Local Authority and the placement is monitored under set regulations and rules.

The permanent foster family is paid an allowance to provide for the care of the child and a social worker will support the child and the foster family.

Find out about Fostering for adoption ( concurrency care scheme).