Foster to Adopt involves placing young babies with potential adopters who are also approved as temporary foster carers while decisions are made about the child’s future within the court process.
Foster to Adopt carers provide early permanence for babies and young children where the prognosis for rehabilitation to the birth family is poor and assessments completed prior to a baby’s birth or early in a baby’s life suggest that adoption is the most realistic long term option. In each case, it is carefully considered by all professionals involved whether the child should be placed in a traditional or Foster to Adopt placement.
As well as ensuring excellent day to day care of the child, Foster to Adopt carers work with professionals in supporting the child’s birth family to maintain contact with their child.
While the court makes decisions about the child’s future, Foster to Adopt carers must be willing to invest in the short and long term needs of the child with an understanding that if the child cannot return home, they will adopt them.
Becoming a Foster to Adopt carer is not suitable for all prospective adopters; you will need to be emotionally resourceful, flexible and able to manage uncertainties.
Norfolk has a dedicated team of experienced social workers ready to help guide applicants through the Foster to Adopt process. You will also be linked up with experienced Foster to Adopt carers for advice and support.
We also provide a range of training opportunities, a fostering allowance and a comprehensive post adoption support service.
The government made changes to adoption leave and pay in April 2015, recognising Foster to Adopt in these changes and allowing Foster to Adopt carers to take adoption leave and pay (if entitled) from the point a child is placed with them. A leaflet outlining employment rights can be provided upon request.
You can call Norfolk Adoption Service to register your interest on 01603 638343 or speak to a social worker at one of our information events about Foster to Adopt.