Which children need adoption in 2017?

Children needing adoption:

If you wish to be considered for children outside of the above categories, then we still warmly welcome you at information evenings.

Most of the children have:

What is adoption like?

Raising a child who has experienced a difficult start in life can be hard work, full of challenges and sometimes disappointments but there will also be great rewards and satisfaction.

All adopted children need to have information about their birth families and some will have ongoing contact (often through an annual exchange of letters) with their birth family and previous carers. Talking about an adopted child’s past including their birth family with openness, honesty and sensitivity will help them thrive and flourish.

Early Permanence Planning (EPP)

The care system can be the start of a disruptive and difficult journey for babies and young children.

They may move from foster carer to foster carer while the courts reach a decision about their long-term future. Most babies and young children who are adopted have to manage several changes of carer and broken attachments before they are adopted which results in long term emotional insecurity.

Early permanence planning is a child centred adoption process whereby we aim to avoid that and instead give a baby the best chance of a settled and secure life. This is called fostering to adopt and we achieve this early permanence by approving adopters to become foster carers to take a younger child whilst the court makes a decision about whether a child can safely return to their birth family.

We are careful which children we consider suitable for this type of adoption and we have to be confident that adoption is the likely outcome for the child due to a range of factors within the birth family.

If the court agrees that the child should be adopted and the adoption agency approves the ‘match’ between the carers as adopters and the child, then the placement becomes an adoption placement.
The advantages of fostering to adopt for children are:

For the prospective adopter there are a number of things to think about:

There is also another route to early permanence called Concurrent Planning

It is similar to fostering to adopt, in that the concurrent carers perform the role of foster carers while the courts decide whether, or not, a child can return to its birth family. The difference between fostering to adopt and concurrent carers is that, concurrent carers are willing to deal with a greater level of uncertainty in terms of the final court decision and will need to support the birth family’s efforts to regain the care for their child.

Calderdale Council is not currently offering concurrent planning through its own approved adopters, but local voluntary adoption agencies: Adoption Matters North West, Caritas Care and Barnardos are continuing to develop this alternative route for children.

Last Updated: 10/01/2017