Sandra and Eric are a couple in their forties. They have a young son whom they adopted two years ago and are seeking to extend their family. Given the young age of their own son, they felt that placement of a baby best suited the needs of their family and began to think about concurrency as an option. The could see the benefits of the child of early permanence as their own child had multiple moves in foster care before being placed with them for adoption and they recognise the impact of these broken relationships for their child.
As experienced adopters, Eric and Sandra needed to think about themselves as foster carers first and foremost and this took some adjusting during the assessment stage.