Adopting a Foster Child

Some BC foster caregivers experience extremely long waits to process the adoption of a child already placed in their homes.  Your adoption worker may not know that there are modification allowances to the adoption process for experienced caregivers.

The Practice Standards and Guidelines for Adoption (BC, 2001) contains guidelines for adoption workers to follow when an experienced caregiver applies to adopt a child who is in their care.  Once the placement is already considered suitable, Practice Standard 45 provides allowance for modifications to meet the unique preparation needs of approved caregivers and experienced adoptive parents. “This Standard describes acceptable modifications to the adoption education program, to the gathering of documentation and information, and to the format of the written family assessment in order to avoid duplication or to prevent unnecessary delay in the placement.”

Click on the document name above and navigate to section 6-15 (page 187 of the document) for more information.

And watch our BC Foster Basics YouTube video about Adopting Your Foster Child: