What is foster care?
Foster care is when a child is placed into the care of foster carers because they are unable to live with their own family.
Our foster carers support these children and provide them with a stable, safe family home for as long as they need it – this could be anything from a few days or weeks to months or even years.
How is fostering different to adoption?
Fostering is very different from adoption. When you adopt a child, you become their legal guardian and you’re responsible for them just as you would be for your own child. It’s not the same when you foster a child – their legal responsibility remains with the birth family or, in some cases, the local authority.
Fostering with an independent fostering agency is different to becoming a foster carer with a local authority and it’s important to understand how before you begin your fostering journey.