Samuel was referred to the North West Concurrent Planning Service shortly after his birth.
He was born at 32 weeks and his prematurity meant that he needed to remain in special care baby unit until he was fit for discharge. Both parents have learning disabilities as does his older brother who was removed from parental care and placed permanently with grandparents. It was confirmed that Samuel had a medical diagnosis and his developmental potential would be uncertain prior to his placement. His carer was full aware of this information and felt able to deal with this level of uncertainty.
Both the carers and placing social worker felt that the concurrency placement offered Samuel a good match. He was placed when he was four weeks old ; directly on his discharge from hospital.
Samuel has thrived in his concurrency placement and his carer has made her application to adopt him. He does have some medical needs and developmental delay yet has benefitted from early permanence and consistency of care in a highly nurturing environment. His carer and his birth parents formed a warm relationship during the fostering phase of the placement and there is a rich letterbox exchange between them.
His birth parents have accepted the carers as Samuel’s parents and support him remaining in their care on a permanent basis.