The Foster-to-Adopt Reality
Children are adopted from foster care into good, loving homes everyday. However, foster-to-adopt experiences can vary greatly from family to family, ultimately stemming from the primary goal of foster care – successful reunification with the birth family. As such, there is a higher level of risk inherent in the process of fostering-to-adopt.
When fostering a child with the expectation that he or she will eventually become legally free to adopt, the process is long -2-5 years – and it possible that during this time, the child will be able to return home to his or her birth family. It’s also possible that other family members may come forward who are able and willing to provide a home.
Unlike private adoptions where infant adoption is most common, foster children are typically older, and this is especially true for those who are already legally free for adoption (these children are usually aged 8+). Foster children may require therapeutic parenting to address issues of loss, grief or trauma.