Foster to Adopt in California | Many people do not understand the difference between foster care and adoption. Both involve helping children that need a home and providing love and support for them at a very vulnerable time in their lives. Children that are eligible for foster care and adoption can range in age from babies to teenagers. Children of all ages are taken away from their biological parents every day. There are many reasons but it is usually determined that the biological parents are not fit to raise their children.
Foster care is a temporary living arrangement where children go to live with adults that are not their birth parents. Foster care can last for days/weeks up to years. It fully depends on what is best for the child.
Adoption is the more permanent version of care for children that can no longer live with their biological parents. When a child gets adopted he/she becomes a permanent member of their adoptive family. The adoptive parents have full parental rights and can decide what is best for the child moving forward.
Foster to adoption means that the adoption process was initiated from the foster care system. Typically, when someone speaks of foster to adopt in California they are referring to a child that is first placed in foster care. The goal is always to reunite the child with the biological parents whenever possible. The foster parents are usually the first to be considered when it is evident that reunification is no longer possible. Once the adoption process is finalized the biological parents no longer have any rights to their children.
Children First FFA is a private, non-profit organization in Northern California that is dedicated to helping change lives by providing a safe place for children to heal in a culture of love, acceptance, and consistency.
Author: Children First FFA