Fostering for adoption allows approved adopters to be (temporary) foster carers for the children they are likely to adopt.

Where there is a likelihood that a child may become adopted, then an Early Permanence Placement (EPP), often known as ‘fostering for adoption’, is considered.

Early permanence placements

An EPP offers benefits to the child as it:

  • minimises waiting time before they are placed with their 'permanent' family
  • reduces the number of carers they have while waiting to be placed
  • allows strong relationships to be formed at the earliest opportunity
  • means they don't have to move on from a foster carer after forming an attachment
  • allows families to share the earliest days of the child's life (as many 'fostered for adoption' children are young babies)

'Fostering for adoption' process

As part of the assessment process, your adoption social worker can help you decide whether 'fostering for adoption' is something you want to undertake, and will explain the process to you.

They will also make you aware of special considerations relating to very young children, such as the uncertainty about their future development, given their previous circumstances, and how decisions made by a court could mean fostered children are returned to their birth parents (or a relative of the child).

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