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Is fostering the same as adoption?

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Is fostering the same as adoption?

There is a big difference between fostering and adoption.

Adoption is when a carer becomes the legal guardian of a child, whereas a foster carer is not the official parent, the local authority retains overall authority over a child.

In practice this means that sometimes a foster carer is not able to make decisions that as a parent or adoptive parent you would be able to make.

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