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Do Foster Parents Ever Adopt?

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Do Foster Parents Ever Adopt?

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In recent years, a high rate of foster parent adoptions has become the norm. Foster families are often the adoptive placement of choice for children in their homes. Some families know before becoming verified as foster parents, that they want to eventually adopt a child. These families will usually opt to become verified to both foster and adopt. They may accept foster children into their home who are free for adoption, or they may accept foster children into their home who are not legally free for adoption, but whose permanency plan is adoption. This dual verification increases the opportunities for the family to successfully adopt. Children come into the child protection system for protection against abuse and neglect. Some of these children exhibit behavioral and emotional problems. Foster parents who have parented and cared for these children that decide to adopt have gained valuable training and experience during the fostering time which will enhance their ability to successfully

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Foster families are often the adoptive placement of choice for children in their homes. In fact, a high rate of foster parent adoptions has become the norm in recent years. Some individuals know before becoming licensed as foster parents that they want to eventually adopt a child from CPS. Therefore, they may wish to become licensed for both foster care and adoption. They are referred to as “dual-licensed” or “legal-risk” homes. They may accept foster children into their home who are free for adoption and/or they may accept foster children into their home who are not legally free for adoption, but whose permanency plan is adoption. This dual certification increases the opportunities for the family for successful adoptions. Other individuals may be initially interested only in fostering but become attached to a foster child in their home who becomes free for adoption. They may then request to be licensed as an adoptive home in addition to their foster care license (dually-licensed) so t

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Many children in foster care are able to return home to parents or other relatives. Other children may need a permanent adoptive family. If adoption becomes the plan, then often the child is adopted by his or her foster family.

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