What is the difference between fostering and adopting?

Foster care is the full-time, temporary care of a child in your home with the goal of the child returning to parental care or alternate permanency with extended family guardianship as soon as possible. Foster children are under the delegated care and supervision of the government of Alberta.
When going home is not an option for a child, alternate forms of permanency may be considered. In this case, adoption may be an option.
Adoptive parents have assumed full responsibility and become the child’s legal family. Children’s Services is no longer involved after adoption.