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Adoption and fostering


Sometimes, children can't live with their biological family and won't be able to go back to them in the future. In these cases, adoption can be the best solution.

Adoption is a legal process where a court transfers the responsibility of a child from their birth parents to adoptive parents. This responsibility includes:

  1. legal rights and duties,
  2. the power to make decisions for the child and their belongings.

Find out more about adoption in Buckinghamshire.


Fostering involves providing care to a child as a member of your household. This could range from a one-night stay to many years, even until the child becomes an adult.

The duration of the child's stay depends on:

  1. the child's requirements
  2. the kind of fostering that you choose to take part in.

You can be a short-term or long-term foster carer, or offer emergency and respite care.

Find out more about fostering in Buckinghamshire.

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