Adoption is not the same as foster care, and it does not involve the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). In adoption, you are voluntarily transferring your parental rights to the adoptive family and therefore unlike a safety plan or involvement with a children’s services case, you are the one in control of your child’s caregivers, upbringing, environment and belief systems. This allows you to still be a part of the decision making process in regards to parenting your child, despite choosing adoption.