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Fostering for Adoption

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Fostering for Adoption

Our story and stories of others

AUTHOR : By Alice Hill

ISBN : 9781914171239

Edition No : 1

Publication : Oct 11, 2021

Extent : 208 pgs

ISBN : 9781914171246

Edition No : 1

Publication : Oct 11, 2021

Extent : 208 pgs

ISBN : 9781914171253

Edition No : 1

Publication : Oct 11, 2021

Extent : 208 pgs


For anyone considering or going through Fostering for Adoption, this book gives you a detailed, personal account of the process which takes you through all the stages and prepares you to cope with the highs and lows. 

Fostering for Adoption is a relatively recent initiative (Children and Families Act, 2014) in the adoption legal landscape, seeking early permanence for babies and young children where adoption is most likely to be the plan for the child.  This is often cited as a route to be in the best interests of the child, enabling secure attachments and stability.  However, for adopters it is inherently risky, it is the adopters who take on the risk in this situation, accept the placement on a fostering basis and hope that the final outcome will be adoption. 


There is currently a knowledge gap on experiences of Fostering for Adoption which this book tackles. Written from an adopters’ perspective of the risks and challenges, as well as the benefits that it brings, it is perfect for those who are considering the process as well as their friends and family.  A book on Fostering for Adoption can’t just focus on one story and one outcome so we’ve included case studies which cover the key experiences adopters may face when agreeing to accept a baby on a Foster to Adopt placement such as: 

  • Caring for a baby a few days after birth
  • The paperwork, rules and fostering process
  • The uncertainty and risk
  • Meeting with birth parents
  • Contact
  • Looking after a withdrawing baby
  • A termination of placement

Written in an engaging and friendly style, this book is perfect reading for anyone looking to adopt a child and for adoption professionals seeking to understand the experience of the adopter more profoundly.


Ch 1: Introduction and background to Foster to Adopt

Ch 2: Where our story begins: The first training session and Stage 1

Ch 3: Expressing our story: Stage 2, the home assessment and panel 

Ch 4: Who will join our story? Matching, tracking and the emotional rollercoaster

Ch 5: The story continues: Being matched and more waiting

Ch 6: Our story gets real: Transition and placement

Ch 7: Documenting the detail of our story: The early days of and everyday life of F2A

Ch 8: Retelling our story as a family of three: Preparing for panel

Ch 9: Formalising our story: Applying for the Adoption Order and everyday life-in-between

Ch 10: Our story can continue: Legally part of our family


Alice Hill and her husband offer this personal account of their Foster to Adopt experience.  This was their route to a baby joining their family.  Foster to Adopt is risky for adopters and this is their story through the journey - from the assessments, the waiting, the difficult decisions, the placement and the uncertainty.  To complement their story, other families have also shared their experiences, so you as a reader get a fuller account of all it entails – the ups, the downs and everything in-between. 

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