Concurrent foster carers
"Jamie is an eleven- month-old child who has been placed in local authority care. He has been placed with concurrent foster carers who have dual approval as adoptive parents. There is a plan for Jamie to be returned to his parents care if they are able to make significant changes to meet his needs. Jamie will remain with his current foster carer until this occurs. However, if his parents are unable to make those changes then his placement would become an adoptive placement and he would remain with them."
Concurrency, or concurrent planning, is for babies and young children under two in care who are likely to need adoption, but may still have a chance of being reunited with their birth family.
Concurrent foster 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 by providing care and security from the earliest time, and will help them settle back into their family.
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.
What are the benefits of being a concurrent carer?
The great advantage for the babies and young children is that:
- It speeds up the planning for their future lives.
- It avoids the stressful upheaval of moving children from a foster home to a new and different adoptive family.
- The bonding period with their adoptive parents can begin sooner.
- Adoptive parents get to know their child’s parents and will be in a good position to understand their background and struggles.
Who can become a concurrent carer?
To be a concurrent carer you need to be resourceful, emotionally mature and able to put the needs of babies and young children first. You’ll also need to work with and respect the child’s birth family. It is important that you have a strong support network to rely on.
People from different backgrounds and religions, single parents and couples are all welcome to apply to become concurrent carers. If you are interested in becoming a concurrent carer please contact us.