Foster to adopt: the early permanence scheme

We're looking for parents in Southwark who can take on the extra challenge of becoming foster carers to a very young child (baby) before the courts decide if that child should be adopted.

This scheme is focussed on minimising the delay of the child being adopted. It allows babies to be placed with carers who are approved as both foster carers (just for that child) and adopters, whilst the court considers plans for the child. If the court agrees that the child should be adopted, the foster carers will become the child’s adoptive carers and eventually their adopters.

This scheme only applies to a few cases each year, as not all cases are suitable. If you're considering becoming a foster to adopt carer, you must:

  • have experience with babies
  • have a very strong support network
  • be able to take an uncertain time off work (at least a year) with very little notice in order to become a foster carer
  • manage contact with the child’s family 3 to 5 times a week for up to 1 year

Scheme stages

During stage one, you'll receive extra training with our partner agency Coram. You'll also be linked with other early permanence adopters, foster carers and support groups.

During stage two, you'll obtain your prospective adopters report to show that you're aware of the foster to adopt process. When you go to panel, we hope you'll be approved as a foster carer for a named child only, but you can also be considered as adopters for other children.

More information

For more details on the scheme, see the downloadable booklet Foster to adopt with Southwark (pdf, 633kb) or come to one of our drop in meetings .

Page last updated: 25 February 2019