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Fostering is similar to adoption, in that it involves providing a home to children that cannot live with their birth parents, but adoption ends the legal relationship between a child and their birth family and fostering does not.

Foster carers treat children in their care as members of their family, and fostering relationships can be short or long term. Some people may pursue adoption or fostering due to being unable to have children, but it is also common for people who can have their own children to foster out of a desire to make a difference in the lives of children living in care.

See: Adoption, Family and Finances.

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