Adoption is a way of providing new families for children who cannot be looked after by their birth parents and need to belong to a new family.
It is a legal procedure with adopters taking full parental responsibility for the child once an adoption order is made in court. The child then legally takes the adopter’s surname and gains the rights of any natural child.
Adoption is a life-long process and adopters play a crucial role in helping their adopted child make that journey.
At ARC Adoption North East we welcome people who are interested in adopting children of all different ages. We are also very keen to hear from people who feel they could adopt an older child or a sibling group so that we can keep brothers and sisters together. Anyone who can give a child with a disability a chance of family life would also be welcomed.
In addition we are looking for people who may be open to fostering for adopting or concurrent planning.
What is fostering for adoption?
Fostering for adoption places a child during the period of temporary local authority care with foster carers who are also approved adopters. If the court agrees that the child should be adopted and the adoption agency approves “the match”, the placement becomes an adoptive placement.
What are the advantages of fostering for adoption?
The child is placed with a carer who may become their adopters, given permanence at an early age; prompting secure and early attachments.
It avoids the possibility of multi placements and placement breakdown for the child.
Allows the early development of forming a secure attachment to their primary care giver.
Is it right for me?
There will be a number of things that you will need to think about as a foster to adopt carer:
As a short term foster carer you will be under the direct supervision of the LA; including direct contact with birth family members, so you need to be comfortable with this. It is highly likely that you will go on to adopt the child but you will have to deal with the uncertainty of this and the possibility of the court not agreeing with the adoption plan and the child leaving your care. It is important for to think about what support you might need and what access you have to support and how you typically deal with stressful, upsetting or painful situations. If you already have a child you will need to prepare the child for the period of uncertainty in the fostering phase.
What is Concurrent Planning?
Concurrent planning is where the child is placed with approved local authority foster carers and everyone involved work towards a plan of rehabilitation, however if this plan fails then the foster carer goes on to adopt the child.