What is Adoption?

Adoption is a legal procedure in which total parental responsibility transfers to the adopters. Once granted, you cannot reverse an adoption order. An adopted child loses all legal ties with their birth parent(s) and becomes a full member of the adoptive family.

If the child’s birth parents are unable to provide a safe and permanent home for the child, for whatever reasons, then adoption is a possible outcome. Some children may have experienced abuse, neglect and uncertainty in their lives.

Adoption is a lifetime commitment to parenting a child.  You must be completely sure that adoption is what you really want for you and your family.

Many people find adoption a fulfilling experience.  The rewards of becoming a parent and knowing that you have given a child the opportunity of being part of a loving, secure and caring family, are among the best life can offer!

What is the difference between fostering and adoption?


Adoption is a legal process by which a child becomes a full member of a new family, with the adoptive parents assuming all parental responsibilities.


Fostering is a temporary arrangement where a child lives with a family until circumstances enable the child to return to their own family, to live independently, or placed for special guardianship or adoption.

Together4Children - Difference between Fostering and Adoption

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