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What is the difference between adoption and foster care?

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With foster care, the child is placed in the care of a family where they are treated as part of the family but the legal connection with birth-mother/parents is retained with the intention being that the child will be returned to the birth-mother/parents.

With adoption, once the court has approved the adoption the child, it is considered to have exactly the same status as a child born to the adoptive family.

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