Adoption and Foster Care

“Spent all my adult life being careful, doing what I got to do to not get pregnant and then wind up with you.”

 

Most people understand the concept of adoption or foster care. When a parent is unable to care for a child, (there are many reason for this including premature death, financial difficulties, abuse or so on) the child will be put under the care of another adult who is able to take the responsibility. The difference between adoption and foster care is that while foster care may not necessarily be long term adoption is.

With adoption, the rights and responsibilities of the child’s birth parents are fully transferred to the adoptive parents. The child will then lose all rights to inheritance from the birth family and take the surname of the adoptive family. Foster parents, on the other hand, do not have the same rights as adoptive parents. Instead, the birth parents are still able to keep ties with their child and remain involved in the important decisions made for their children. The foster parent will also have to work closely with social workers as well to an extent that adoptive parents will not.

The process of adopting and fostering a child is also different with adoption having a more in depth procedure. In fact, people will often become a foster parent while on the path of becoming an adoptive parent. There are even classes for fostering and adopting a child which involves childcare and legal processes. However, the parents and children find that all the steps are worth it in the long run for the sake of the children.

 

To better understand the importance of adoption, here is a video explaining children’s circumstances prior to adoption:

 

 

Sources:

"What is the difference between adoption and long-term fostering?" Www.barnardos.org.uk. 2017. http://www.barnardos.org.uk/jigsaw/jigsaw_what_we_do/jigsaw_difference_adoption_fostering.htm.

"Getting started." AdoptUSKids. https://www.adoptuskids.org/adoption-and-foster-care/how-to-adopt-and-foster/getting-started.