Home » Foster Care » Fostering to Adopt

Fostering to Adopt

There is more than one way to adopt from foster care. If you know that your primary goal is adoption, you can apply for a straight adoption and be matched with an eligible child who is awaiting a forever family. However, some hopeful parents choose a different path.

Whether you set out as a foster parent with the intention to adopt, or initially intended only to serve as a temporary foster family, you may eventually have the opportunity to adopt a foster child who comes into your care. This process is often called “foster to adopt.”

It’s important to remember that not every child who enters foster care will ever be eligible for adoption, and foster-to-adopt is not right for everyone. It requires some thorough research and soul-searching to determine whether this path is right for you and your family.

To help you get started, we’ve gathered some information below about fostering to adopt: what it is, how it works, and what to do if you — or your foster child — is on the fence about adoption.

Can a Foster Parent Adopt?

Can a Foster Parent Adopt?

Being a foster parent can be an amazing gift. But if you’re hoping for something more permanent, you might be wondering, “Can I adopt a child...

Learn More

Do You Have to Foster Before You Adopt?

Do You Have to Foster Before You Adopt?

Becoming a foster parent, or fostering to adopt, isn’t for every family. If your only goal is adoption, you might be wondering, “Do you have to...

Learn More

Everything You Need to Know About Fostering to Adopt

Everything You Need to Know About Fostering to Adopt

Adopting a child you’re fostering is one of the most rewarding ways to build a family — but foster-to-adopt isn’t for everyone. Here’s what you need...

Learn More

How to Foster to Adopt

How to Foster to Adopt

If you’ve thought about fostering to adopt, you’re probably wondering how to process is different from adopting a waiting child from foster care. Here’s what you...

Learn More

Should You Become a Foster Parent to Adopt?

Should You Become a Foster Parent to Adopt?

There are so many ways to become an adoptive family. If been thinking about foster care, you might have wondered which is a better option: adopting...

Learn More

What if I Don’t Want to Adopt My Foster Child?

What if I Don’t Want to Adopt My Foster Child?

If you’re already a foster parent, or if you’re thinking about becoming one, you might be searching for an answer to your biggest question, “What if...

Learn More

What if My Foster Child Doesn’t Want to Be Adopted?

What if My Foster Child Doesn’t Want to Be Adopted?

Every child’s experience with foster care is different. It might be surprising, but there are foster children who don’t want to be adopted. If you’re fostering...

Learn More