Saturday, 17 November 2018


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Could you be a Fostering for Adoption carer?fostering to adopt

We are looking for people who can care for, and then potentially adopt, some of the children in our care as Fostering for Adoption (FFA) carers. This is a quicker way to enable children to be cared for in their potential adoptive family while the case is still progressing through the family courts. We want to be able to offer these placements to children here in Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, as we know that children benefit from being cared for in a secure and stable permanent home as soon as this is possible.

Most people who are interested in adoption already recognise that most children that cannot live with their birth families need a new 'forever family’ as quickly as possible. Unfortunately many children have to wait a long time for the system to enable them to live with a new permanent family. Fostering for Adoption is just one of the ways we are trying to speed things up for children.  


What’s Involved?

While caring for the child placed with them, the FFA carers will be required to work with the Local Authority (who are the corporate parents when a child is in care) to care for the child. This will entail attending meetings, reviews and keeping writing records. The FFA carers will be prepared and supported in these tasks. If the courts decide that the child’s parents cannot provide the security and care they need, and there are no alternative carers an Placement Order will be issued and the child will remain with their FFA carers, who would then become their prospective adoptive parents until the child can be formally adopted by them.

FFA placements are only appropriate in cases where the Local Authority has carried out an assessment of the parents and birth family and decided that adoption is the best plan for the child. The Local Authority must be open and transparent when it makes a FFA placement, informing the court and birth parents and all those who have a direct interest in the child’s plan. The Local Authority should explain why it is making a FFA placement and acknowledge that the court may not approve the adoption plan and that the child may return to parents or elsewhere.


What are the advantages for the carer?

The advantage for the FFA carers who go on to adopt is that they will also have got to know their children from earlier in their care journey. They will have been able to protect the child from further losses and upheavals. They will also have had the opportunity to get to know the child’s parents and will be in a good position to understand their background and struggles, which will be helpful for them and their adopted child in the future.


What is the next step for FFA carers?

If you would like more information about becoming a FFA carer, or if you have any questions you’d like answers to please contact your local authority.


To find out what support is available please cick here.