3 of the Biggest Differences between Adoption and Foster Care

You can’t keep your child. Whether this is because your house is already at max capacity, you aren’t ready to be a parent, or you never saw yourself with children — any and all reasons are valid. Realizing that you’re unable or don’t want to raise your child is very hard to admit. However, it isn’t the end of the world. There are options available that can benefit both you and your child.

Two of these include adoption and foster care. Now, you have heard of these terms before. Both industries have been around for a very long time, and have been confused as the same thing from time to time. Yet, Adoption Choices of Colorado is here to help give you more accurate information, and how both of these options could potentially impact you and your child’s futures. Adoption and foster care, while both seek to provide children with loving homes, are very different in how they operate.

That said, here are the three biggest differences between adoption and foster care.

1. You have Full Control Over the Adoption Process

When you decide to place your baby for adoption with our adoption agency, you have full control over the adoption process. You are assigned with an adoption caseworker who will help you every step of the way, and you are able to voice any preferences or expectations you have for your adoption journey. This includes, but is not limited to determining what type of adoption you want to have and who gets to raise your child. As the soon-to-be birth mother, you also get to outline what you’d like your hospital experience to look like and create a birth plan to help your adoption caseworker and the hospital staff ensure that all your needs are met. Nothing happens without your final say.

With foster care, on the other hand, things happen a bit differently. Because foster care is a state-run program, the majority of the decisions are dictated by the state government. You are able to make decisions based on your child’s well-being to a certain extent, but the state has the ultimate power in what happens. This includes terminating your parental rights and putting your child up for adoption if the state deems this in the best interest of your child.

2. You get to Select Your Child’s Adoptive Parents 

Wanting their child to grow up safe, happy and healthy is a goal for many expectant mothers in Colorado considering adoption. It’s also something that causes them a lot of stress and anxiety when they’re placing their baby for adoption. However, through the beauty of adoption, this is something else you have full control over. If you envision something specific for your child, your adoption caseworker can put this into your adoption plan and show you adoptive parent profiles that best match with what you’re looking for. You can take the time you need reviewing the profiles and selecting who you feel would be the right fit for your child. Depending on what type of adoption you chose, you may even get the opportunity to meet the adoptive parents and get to know them before your child is born.

In the foster care system, you do not get a say in where your child is placed or how long they live there. There is no approval process beforehand. The state makes this decision.

3. Adoption is Permanent

This is perhaps one of the biggest differences between adoption and foster care. The permanency of each. When you have your baby’s best interests at heart, you want to not only know that they will be loved and cared for, but that they will also be raised in a long-term environment. Stability is extremely important, after all, in more ways than one.

Adoption offers your child the most permanent option. After you choose your child’s adoptive parents and the adoption is finalized in court, he or she stays with their new family forever. There is no relocation or frequent moves, as there would be in the foster care system. Adoption provides a permanent and lifelong environment for your child. The foster care system offers one that is temporary.

Biggest Differences between Adoption and Foster Care

Determining what is best for your child is not an easy decision. There are a lot of factors to think about and options to weigh. It’s not a choice that can or should be taken lightly. It’s also not one that anyone can make for you. Only you know what you want for both you and your child. Only you know what would best calm your heart and reassure you that everything will be okay.

We understand that you want to give your child the life they deserve. To show him or her how much you love and care for them by placing them with a family who will give them their best shot at life. So, if you want peace of mind that your child will gain a forever family and grow up to be the happy, healthy and independent adult he or she is meant to be — adoption provides that!

If you want to learn more, or have any questions about how the adoption process could impact both of your lives, don’t hesitate to reach out to our adoption professionals at Adoption Choices of Colorado. We are here to help you in any way that we can, and to ensure that you feel confident about the decision you make!

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and want to learn more about your adoption options, contact Adoption Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Text us: 720-371-1099, Call us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.

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