Early Permanence (also known as Foster to Adopt) is an opportunity for young children to be placed directly with an Early Permanence family at the earliest stage. The child is fostered whilst decisions are made about their future. This ensures the child benefits from as few moves as possible and that the child bonds well with their potential adoptive family at an early stage in their life. The final decision about whether the child should be adopted and granted a legal order or whether the child should be returned to the birth family, will be made by the court.
When the child is placed with an Early Permanence family, a court order won’t yet have been made, and there are no guarantees that the child will be placed for adoption, so there will be uncertainties about the future plan for the child. There may still be assessments of the birth parents or their extended family to see if the child can stay with either.
Early Permanence carers, will be assessed as adoptive parents but also as foster carers, so they can legally care for the child initially. Prospective carers wishing to adopt via this route, will need the emotional resilience and commitment to be part of this process, which has a level of uncertainty. They need to have the ability to care and love the child regardless of the outcome and help the child move to the next stage of their life. Whilst children in this process mostly go on to adoption, families need to be prepared for all eventualities.
You’ll need to take some time to decide if this programme is right for you and your family. You can find out more information by calling our recruitment team and speaking with a social worker on 020 7527 4777 or ask for more information when you attend the information evening.