We are always looking for potential adoptive parents and have worked with many adopters who have had different individual experiences and who can offer different things to a child who needs an adoptive family. You must be over 21 years of age and be in good general health.
You may also have heard about early permanence. We are looking for people who think this might be right for them. Early permanence covers what is known as ‘fostering for adoption’ and ‘concurrency’.
Early permanence places a child during the period of temporary local authority care with foster carers who are also approved as adopters. If the court agrees that the child should be adopted, then they will make a legal order which is called a Placement Order. The adoption agency then approves the ‘match’ between the adopters and the child. The placement then becomes an adoptive placement.
The advantages to early permanence for the child are:
- They are placed with carers who may become their adopters depending on the decision that the court makes. It must be remembered that until the court decides that adoption is right for the child, the parents case remains to be decided.
- It enables the child to be with people who may become their permanent parents at an earlier stage.
- It allows the early months and years of the child’s life to be what most children need and expect.
You will probably have lots of questions about early permanence and you don’t have to decide about this straight away. You will have opportunity to speak to your Adoption Social Worker about it some more. Further reading and training can also be provided.
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