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Guernsey Foster Care

Without a family to give
him hope, Max won’t
get a fair chance.



What is adoption?

Adoption is when you legally become the new parent to a child or young person. Adoption is a permanent arrangement. A number of children in Guernsey need the stability of adoptive parents.

Why are children placed in care and what happens to them?

The Committee  for Health & Social Care (HSC) is responsible for and meets the needs of children who come into care on the island. At the moment there are over 70 children in our care. Many of these children will have been abused but some will have come into care for other reasons. Broadly speaking they come into care because their birth families are unable to provide appropriate care for them. There are three normal outcomes for the children who come into our care:

  • They return to their own family or to other relatives
  • They move into long-term foster care
  • They need the long-term security offered by adoptive parents

Why adopt?

People consider adoption for a variety of reasons. Some people are unable to have children of their own and have decided that adoption is a better way of creating their family. Others may wish to have a second family, perhaps following remarriage, and do not wish to have any more birth children. Others simply choose not to have their own birth children or wish to share their lives with a child or group of children who need a family life. Sometimes people have adopted children out of a strong desire or sense of responsibility to care for a child with special needs.

Why adopt in Guernsey? What do we offer?

We will support you at every stage of the adoption process and after adoption. Our aim is to assist and guide you and for the young person to thrive in the new family. From your initial enquiry we will provide information about adoption and invite you to consider carefully whether this is the right route for your family. We provide a course held over a number of evenings that gives you additional information that will allow you and us to consider whether adoption is appropriate for you. If it is, then you will complete an application form and we will complete the necessary checks. If all is satisfactory we will undertake an assessment over a four-to-six month period. Your allocated worker will complete this with you and then remain your worker through the panel process and, if approved, through to any potential match of a child(ren) with you. We aim to ensure that you keep the same worker who will then support you post placement through to when you are ready to make an adoption application to court. They will remain your worker until an adoption order is granted.

What is the difference between fostering and adoption?

Foster carers share the responsibility for the child with HSSD and the child's parents. Fostering is usually a temporary arrangement though sometimes foster care may be the plan until the child grows up especially for older children. Long term or permanent foster care does not provide the same legal security as adoption for either the child or the foster carer, but it may be the right plan for some children.

Want to become a foster carer?

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