The guidance, commissioned by the Coram Children’s Legal Centre, sets out the key principles of this new government scheme, which allows people interested in adopting a child to foster them before the adoption is finalised. This usually provides greater continuity and stability for the child, allowing them to avoid the disruptions of temporary foster care.
The guide was funded by Department for Education and is aimed at social workers and other decision makers involved in children’s services.
A leaflet has also been produced for potential adopters who may be interest in initial fostering.
John Simmons is Director of Policy, Research & Development at BAAF. He said:
“The current arrangements expect children to move from placement to placement until a permanent family is found, despite everything that suggests that this is damaging to children. Fostering for Adoption is intended to minimise these moves and the damage it causes. The publication of this guidance sets out how this can be achieved as a fair, evidence based and just solution – it is a child centred opportunity that is not to be missed.”
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