Adopting your foster child

Each year, approximately 42% of all adoptions in British Columbia are foster parents adopting the children in their care.

Being adopted by their foster parents means stability and less disruption in the child's life and relationships. The message children hear when they're adopted is "I'm wanted, loved, and know where I belong."

If you're thinking about adopting your foster child, post-adoption assistance may provide funding for services and maintenance. While financial assistance continues, decision making and legal responsibility for the child shifts to you, the new adoptive parent.

Concurrent Planning

Concurrent planning describes the process of working towards reunion of a child with their biological family, while at the same time (concurrently), creating a back-up plan of adoption.

As a foster family, you must be willing to provide temporary care and be prepared to adopt if the reunion is not successful.

Foster parents and prospective adoptive parents interested in concurrent planning must understand the high-risk nature of such a placement. You must be comfortable committing to care for a child whose permanency plan is not yet defined.


Foster-to-adopt is when a child or sibling set is placed into a foster care relationship with a view to adoption.

Further reading: 

What to expect when adopting

At first glance, adoption can seem overwhelming. We've broken down the steps for each type of adoption.

What does that mean?

From acronyms to Ministry terminoloy, our glossary helps you navigate adoption language.