Adopting a child from fostering

Last updated: 29 June 2017

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 can't 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.

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.