There are two routes to adoption emerging as we at Peterborough Adoption introduce ‘Fostering for Adoption’ and ‘Concurrent Planning’. That means that if your primary motivation is to adopt, you can be temporarily approved as a foster carer which will allow the child to be placed with you earlier and hopefully minimise any unnecessary disruption for the them.
How to become a concurrent or foster to adopt carer
We are currently in the process of formalising our processes to make them as efficient as possible, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the ball rolling. If you’re interested in either option, or would just like to find out more information, we’ve got team members on hand who would be happy to answer your questions, just give us a call, or better yet, book a place at one of our upcoming information sessions by filling out this form.
So what is fostering for adoption?
Fostering for Adoption 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 and we approve the ‘match’ between the carers as adopters and the child, it becomes an adoption placement.
A Fostering for Adoption placement will only be made where we have clear evidence that there is very little likelihood that the birth parents can resolve their problems or that other family members can take care of the child.
…and what about concurrent planning?
Concurrency is similar to fostering for adoption in that a carer is approved as a temporary foster carer and an adopter, however for these children decisions are still being made about their future and consideration is given to whether they can return to birth family members or the child/ren will be adopted. During this time the child’s parents or extended family members are assessed to see whether the child can return to them. If no suitable carer within the family can be identified, the child can then be adopted by their concurrent carers who become the legal parents.
Concurrent placements are best suited for babies from birth to two years where we believe there is at a high likelihood that the child will be placed for adoption.