Adoption gives a child a new family when living with their own family is not possible, giveing them a permanent home.
Adoption changes a child’s legal relationships. When a child is adopted they become a member of their new adoptive family legally and they stop being legally related to their birth family.
Adoption can only happen if a court orders it. But the court has the power to order adoption even if the parents don’t agree where it thinks this is best for the child
A child cannot be placed for adoption unless either the parents (who have parental responsibility) have given their formal consent to this, witnessed by an officer of the court or the court has made a placement order.
An Adoption Order severs all legal ties with the birth family and gives rights and responsibilities to the new adoptive family.
Fostering is the temporary care of a child when a child's birth family is unable to care from them.
A child is looked after by the local authority, they may be placed in foster care with foster carers. Foster carers are paid by Children’s Services to care for looked after children. They do not have parental responsibility for the child. They offer the child a place in their home and have responsibility for the daily care of the child.
Family members and friends can be assessed and approved by the local authority to become foster carers for the child. If you want to do this speak to the child’s social worker about it.