Foster to adopt for older children
Hi, a friend has asked me about 'foster to adopt' for older children - aged 5 or older. She wanted to know if there is such a scheme - I said that there is but usually for little ones rather than for older children. I said that I do know of children in long-term foster care whose foster carers had gone on to adopt them but I didn't know of f2a for older kiddies (they want a school-aged child).
It does sound a bit odd and I'm not sure if she's hoping to bypass the potentially long adoption wait (she's more a friend of a friend) by fostering - I'm actually worried she's viewing it almost as a 'try before you buy'. I have said this to our mutual friend but said that I'd ask anyway. Our mutual friend said she feels that if she does long-term fostering and falls in love with the child she would want to give them the stability of adoption.
I'm not judging and not really getting involved (although it sounds like she wants everything on her terms!) but I said I would ask - so does the f2a scheme apply to older children as well? Thanks!