Combining fostering and adoption is widely known as ‘early permanence’, but we prefer the simpler ‘Fostering for Adoption’.
With this approach, you’ll start by fostering a child to begin with, but you’ll be ready and approved to fully adopt them if a court eventually decides they can’t continue to live with their birth family.
You’ll get training on Fostering for Adoption to see if the plan is right for you during your main assessment to become an adoptive family. If it is, and you complete your assessment, you’ll foster a child at the earliest opportunity of their care proceedings.
Fostering for Adoption keeps the option open of the child re-joining their family or staying with you as their adoptive family. It means the child won’t have to be repeatedly relocated to temporary foster carers while we wait for their family to be assessed, so they experience the least amount of disruption as possible during their early years.
Keep in mind there’s no guarantee you will fully adopt the child as Fostering for Adoption carers; in some cases they may return to their birth parents.
The benefit of this approach is that it minimises the number of placement moves for a child by placing them at an earlier stage with carers who could go on to become their adoptive family. This will therefore be a temporary fostering placement for a child.
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