Early Permanence

We’re looking for parents who can take on the extra challenge of becoming foster carers to a very young child (babies) before the courts decide if that child should be adopted.

Fostering For Adoption (FfA): the early permanence scheme

We’re looking for parents who can take on the extra challenge of becoming foster carers to a very young child (babies) before the courts decide if that child should be adopted. This scheme is focussed on minimising the delay of the child being adopted.

It allows babies to be placed with carers who are approved as both foster carers (just for that child) and adopters, whilst the court considers plans for the child. If the court agrees that the child should be adopted, the foster carers will become the child’s adoptive carers and eventually their adopters.

This scheme only applies to a few cases each year, as not all cases are suitable. If you’re considering becoming a foster to adopt carer, you must:

  • have experience with babies
  • have a very strong support network
  • be able to take an uncertain time off work (at least a year) with very little notice in order to become a foster carer
  • manage contact with the child’s family up 5 times a week for an indefinite period of time

Fostering For Adoption

Scheme stages

During stage one, all prospective adoptive parents will have the opportunity to discuss Fostering to Adopt with their social workers who will assess if they have the suitable skill set. If it is decided that you do have what it takes, you will receive extra training .You’ll also be linked with other early permanence adopters, foster carers and support groups.

During stage two, you’ll obtain your prospective adopters report to show that you’re aware of the foster to adopt process. When you go to the adoption panel, we hope you’ll be approved as a foster carer for a named child only, but you can also be considered as adopters for other children.

Fostering to Adopt is not suitable for everyone, because it comes with the significant risk of having to return the child to their birth family, despite having spent lots of time bonding and welcoming them into your family home.

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