Why adopt or foster?

Below is a very brief overview of adoption & fostering. For further information, see:


When you adopt, you become the new, permanent parent for a child or children who can’t live with their birth parents.  Some of the reasons to form a permanent family by adoption may include:

  • it can be be extremely rewarding to become the new “forever family” for a child or children who are going through a difficult time.
  • as an adoptive parent you will have full parental responsibility.  The process itself involves many other people, but once you have adopted, your legal status is straightforward.
  • if you are a couple you will be parenting on an equal footing, as neither of you will have a biological link to your new child.


Foster carers look after children who may move on to a different home.  This might be for short periods, but sometimes the children might stay in their foster families until they are adults.  Some of the reasons to become a foster carer include:

  • it can be be extremely rewarding to care for a child or children who are going through a difficult time.
  • you may enjoy helping children move on to a new family, or to return to their birth parents.
  • you may enjoy caring for older children, who might be with you for long periods.


Adopters and Foster Carers can be:

  • Single, in a civil partnership, married or unmarried
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or heterosexual
  • From any ethnic or religious background
  • A homeowner or living in rented accommodation
  • Working, unemployed or retired
  • Parents already
  • Any age (over 21)

Having a disability or a medical condition doesn’t exclude you from adopting or fostering, as long as you are able to cope with the rigours of parenting!

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