What’s the difference between foster care and adoption?
Being a foster parent means providing temporary care for a child. Foster parents care for the daily needs of children (physical custody), but the legal responsibilities (legal custody) rests with the state. Temporary care can mean a few days to a couple of years.
Being an adoptive parent means providing for daily care AND having legal responsibilities for a child. This means making a commitment to a child for a lifetime!
Foster and adoptive parenting is a rewarding—but demanding—job. The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition offers parents much assistance, including support groups, training, advocacy, newsletters, two resale shops ([RE]FRESH and the KidStore), and the Little Wishes program. This site is to serve as a resource center for your needs.
The Coalition wishes you the best of luck on this marvelous journey!
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