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What is the difference between adoption and fostering?

I assume there's a difference, at least. I would really like to know what's the difference is. Please. <3 And my second question is: Which one would you rather do if given the choice? and if how has it worked out for you if you've already done it =]

Asked By: InkedRainbow - 7/31/2009
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Adoption is forever. You become the child's parents in every sense of the word. Foster care is a temporary program for child who have been removed from their home due to child sexual abuse,physical abuse, or neglect. It is a program designed to help the child's family get on tract by following a service plan set up... More
Answered By: cricketlady - 7/31/2009
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Adoption is a permanent home to a child, fostering is a temporary measure.
Answered By: Lola Jo - 7/31/2009
 
Foster parents just keep the child for a time. They are paid by the State and usually have to pass rigid guidelines. They have no legal right to the child, just to care for them temporarily... More
Answered By: Julia III - 7/31/2009
 
foster is temporary and adoption is permanent... More
Answered By: mystic - 7/31/2009
 
Adoption means the child becomes part of the family permanently. Fostering is providing a temporary home till a permanent home can be found for the child. I would not do either. I was abused in both foster and adoption. cw
Answered By: C Wood - 7/31/2009
 
Fostering is temporary until the child can be returned to the parents or the parents rights are terminated. Adoption makes a child the legal member of a new family.
Answered By: Lucky - 7/31/2009
 
hiya, well thier is a difference... More
Answered By: love--?-- - 7/31/2009
 
I am someone who was adopted as a 6month old baby. Adoption makes the child 100% YOURS. Fostering means you take care of the child for a temporary time, with the state overseeing your every move. Most of those children are taken from troubled homes and spend time in and out of different homes. It's difficult to... More
Answered By: kiwi - 7/31/2009
 
As other have said, adoption is permanent and fostering is meant to be temporary (though it also sometimes becomes permanent... More
Answered By: Wundt - 7/31/2009
 
Contrary to all of the previous answers (at the time I clicked over to type this reply), fostering doesn't have to be a temporary solution, even though in the vast majority of cases it is... More
Answered By: 7rin - 7/31/2009
 
my parents are currently foster parents their actually taking care of a relative of ours little girl. they are in he middle of adopting her now that her birth mothers rights have been terminated. i dont really like foster care and cant wait for the adoption to be completed. at any point in time they can decide your not... More
Answered By: im a good listener! - 8/3/2009
 
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