Types of adoption

Types of adoption

Adopting a child who is in care


This is the most common route to adoption.


A child is only  placed in care when there are serious safeguarding concerns linked to neglect or physical, emotional or sexual abuse.


Their birth parents may also be struggling with drug and alcohol abuse, mental health difficulties or domestic abuse.


Short-term foster carers will look after the child while the court explores whether another member of the birth family could care for them.


We only we start looking for an adoption match when it is clear no-one in the birth family can take on that responsibility.


For more information please contact us.


Fostering for adoption


Fostering for adoption is a process where we place a child with foster carers who are also approved as adopters while the child is in temporary local authority care.


If the court agrees that the child should be adopted and the adoption agency approves the ‘match’ between the foster carers and the child, the placement becomes an adoption placement.


It gives the child as much stability as can be given at the earliest possible stage.


As foster carer you will be under the direct supervision of the local authority so you’ll need to consider whether this is something you’ll be comfortable with.


It is highly likely that you will go on to adopt the child but you’ll need to consider how you will deal with the possibility of the court not agreeing the adoption plan and the child leaving your care.


If you are interested in fostering to adopt please contact us.


Concurrent carers


Concurrency, or concurrent planning, is for babies and young children under the age of four in care who are likely to need adoption, but may still have a chance of being reunited with their birth family.


Concurrent carers care for a child while the courts decide whether or not they can return to their birth family. During this time the child will need to see their parents regularly and the concurrent carers will need to support the birth family’s efforts to regain the care of their child.


If the courts decide that the birth parents have shown they can be reliable, able and loving parents, the children will be returned to their care. The concurrent carers will have the satisfaction of knowing that they have given these children the best possible start in life.


However, if the courts decide that the child’s parents cannot provide the security and care they need, and there are no alternative carers, the child will remain with their concurrent carer/s and be adopted by them.


If you are interested in becoming a concurrent carer please contact us.