Fostering for Adoption

Fostering for adoption is a more child-focused approach to adoption. It is intended to speed up a child’s journey through care and minimise the disruption of repeated moves to different families. This aims to enable children to experience a loving and secure home in which they feel safe and settled as quickly as possible.

We provide this alternative approach to adoption through the Triangle Project.

Fostering for Adoption is where a child in care is placed with registered foster carers who have also been approved as adopters. The foster carers care for the child, whilst the child's social worker works with and assesses his or her birth family and makes a recommendation to the Court about the child's future care. During this period the plans for the child’s future are yet to be decided by the Courts.

If the Court decides that adoption is the best option to secure the child's future wellbeing then the fostering placement becomes an adoption placement. The foster carers become the adopters and make an application to the Court to formally adopt the child.

Find out more about Triangle Project, our values and services by downloading our Statement of Purpose.

A child-focused approach

Fostering for adoption placements put the child’s needs and welfare first. 

Uncertainty for children is reduced by minimising the number of moves they experience, reducing turmoil and upheaval. This is achieved by using temporary placements which have the potential to become permanent.

Carers who go on to adopt will have the advantage of having known their child at the earliest possible stage. They will also have had the opportunity to get to know their child’s birth parents and understand their backgrounds. This will be hugely beneficial in the future for them and their children.

You can find out more about the Triangle Project and the fostering for adoption at one of our regular information events. After the event you'll have the opportunity to speak confidentially to one of our social workers and discuss whether this pathway could be right for you.