Adopted children support fostering for adoption

Published: 30.01.13

The majority of adopted children are in favour of the Government’s proposal to put children who are waiting to be placed with their prospective adoptive parents straight away, avoiding the need for an initial placement in foster care.
Adopted children support fostering for adoption

In a report produced by the Office of Children's Rights, seventy four per cent of children supported a change in the law to introduce fostering for adoption for children once it has been decided they should be adopted. The report is based on survey answers from 429 adopted children ranging in age from 5 to 18.

Respondents felt the proposal would be beneficial by letting children get to know their new family sooner; reducing the number of moves from one family to another and saving time in the adoption process.

The report concluded that the proposal is not without risk. Respondents were concerned that if the adoption doesn't go ahead after all, the child will be moved again and become more upset because they thought they were with the parents they would be staying with permanently. They also thought that it was still important for a child and carers to get to know each other first before deciding that it was to be their permanent placement so, fostering for adoption would be a trial period for the adoption itself.

The report also revealed that the majority of adopted children are in favour of the Government's proposals to speed up the training and approval of adoptive parents and grant faster approval for those who have already adopted or fostered.

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