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Adopting a child from fostering

You can adopt a child you have fostered through something called 'concurrent planning'.

Concurrent planning

You look after a child as a foster parent while it's decided if a child can go back to live with their family or not. They may be in contact with their birth parents during this time.

If it's decided a child cannot go back to their family, you can apply to adopt the child.

Becoming a concurrent carer

To become a concurrent carer you have to be approved to adopt and approved to foster in Scotland.

There are organisations in Scotland that will help you become a concurrent carer. Your local council should be able to help or give you details of organisations that can help.

Aberdeen City Council Aberdeenshire Council Angus Council Argyll and Bute Council Clackmannanshire Council Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) Dumfries and Galloway Council Dundee City Council East Ayrshire Council East Dunbartonshire Council East Lothian Council East Renfrewshire Council Edinburgh Council Falkirk Council Fife Council Glasgow Council Highland Council Inverclyde Council Midlothian Council Moray Council North Ayrshire Council North Lanarkshire Council Orkney Council Perth and Kinross Council Renfrewshire Council Scottish Borders Council Shetland Islands Council South Ayrshire Council South Lanarkshire Council Stirling Council West Dunbartonshire Council West Lothian Council

Adopting when you're not a concurrent carer

If you're fostering a child and want to adopt them, speak to the agency you're fostering with.

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