What is Adoption?


Providing new families for children

Adoption is a way of providing new families for children who cannot be brought up by their biological parents or in their extended family.

It is a legal procedure in which parental responsibility is transferred to the adopters.  Once an Adoption Order has been granted, it cannot be reversed.  An adopted child loses all legal ties with their birth parent(s) and becomes a full member of the adoptive family, usually taking the family’s name.

What is the difference between adoption and fostering?

Adoption is a legal process by which a child becomes a full member of a new family, with the adoptive parents assuming all parental responsibilities. Parents of a child in foster care still hold parental responsibility; this is only removed when an Adoption Order is made.

While some children live with their foster family for many years, for others it is a more temporary arrangement. Where it isn’t possible to reunite a child with their family they may move on to be adopted or move into a long term foster placement.

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For more information, please call 0800 5877 791 or use our online contact form to request an adoption pack.

Adopters for Adoption Limited, is registered company in England and Wales under company registration number 8689629, with the registered office - Malvern View, Saxon Business Park, Hanbury Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B60 4AD.

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