In the traditional route to adoption the court have agreed that the child can be placed for adoption before the child comes to live with you. Sometimes however, this can mean children wait several months before decisions are made about their future, are older and have suffered more disruption in their lives.
Caritas Care therefore offers an alternative route to adoption called ‘Concurrent planning’ or ‘concurrent care’ for children under two years old. Concurrent carers want to adopt but are prepared and approved both as foster carers and adopters while the courts decide whether or not a child can return to its birth family. During this time the child will need to see their parents regularly and the concurrent carers support the plan for the child to return home
However, if the courts decide that the child’s parents cannot provide long term care for the child, and there are no one else in the birth family network who can, the child will remain with their concurrent carer/s and be adopted by them. If the outcome is that the child is adopted, then the child does not have to move between foster carers and adopters, the foster carers become the adopters with no disruption to the child. Whilst it is often the case that these children go on to be adopted, concurrent carers must be prepared to work with the plan for the child to return home and accept the uncertainty of the situation. So this route is not for everyone. Please click on this link to find out more.
Fostering for Adoption is a slightly different route. In a small number of cases the local authority will decide early on that it has no plans for the child to return home to their birth family and therefore place a child with carers who are approved as adopters, but are willing to act as foster carers until the Courts make the final decision. If the court agrees that the child should be adopted and the adoption agency approves the ‘match’ between the adopters and the child, the child will go on to be adopted by their carers. Again, potential adopters need to be able to deal with the uncertainty of the situation and recognise that it is on the court which can make the final decision.