Birth Parents Blog

What’s the Difference Between Adoption and Foster Care?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 10, 2014

Adoption gives you the opportunity to choose the life you want for your child. It is permanent, although you can choose to remain a part of your child’s life. Right now, you have choices and control.

Foster care may be a short-term or temporary arrangement and it may or may not allow you any choices regarding where your child will go. Most children placed in foster care in the U.S. are there because of neglect, abuse, or abandonment. Once a child is in the foster care system, it can be very difficult to get them back out.

If your child is currently in voluntary foster care, your adoption coordinator will work with you and an attorney to determine the steps to be taken to have your child legally adopted into a permanent home at no cost to you. Options may be available to help you choose what happens with your child’s future if you take just one step. Contact the National Adoption Hotline at 1-800-923-6602 to get the help you need.

Topics: Adoption, foster care