Adoption through foster care (sometimes refered to as fost-adopt) is, in effect, a continuation of the foster care program. When the plan for reunification between the natural parents/relatives and the foster child fails, an alternative long-term plan is offered to the court by the county social worker. It is at this time that an adoption process may be officially introduced as an alternate long-term plan for a foster child.
Consider the fact that, by the time adoption is considered, the foster child may have been in foster care for months, a year or longer. And further consider, that, during this time, the significant parties have collected and evaluated information regarding the foster child's (and the foster parents') situation. This allows the county to make an informed decision as to whether or not the current placement is seen as a viable arrangement for the foster child. If it is, the county petitions the court to allow all significant parties (County Foster Care Worker, County Adoption Worker, Foster Family Agency Social Worker, Foster Parents and Foster Child) to work together towards adoption This, while the foster child remains in foster care.
Alpha Treatment Centers has experience with hundreds of adoptions through foster care over our 25 plus years. Before we obtained our adoption license in 2009, the appropriate county took over the adoption process while Alpha Treatment Centers continued to provide foster care services to the child and our certified home. Once the adoption became final, Alpha closed the foster care case and evaluated whether our foster parents could (or wanted to) continue as foster parents. Many of our current Foster Parents have choosen to continue as foster parents after adoption.
Now, with our adoption license, Alpha can continue to provide both foster care and adoption services during the fost-adopt process. As with all foster care cases, an adoption case, too, is managed by a county (adoption) worker and the presiding court, while the training, paperwork and documentation is accomplished through the adoption agency, like Alpha.