What is Concurrent Planning?
Concurrent Planning is a specialist fostering and adoption service and a way of finding forever families for babies and young children aged 0 – 3 years. It is an innovative approach which ensures every child is given stability and love from the start.
Concurrent Planning is for babies and young children who are in care and who are likely to need adoption, but who also still have a chance of being reunited with their birth family. Concurrent carers initially perform the role of foster carer while the courts decide whether or not a child can return to its birth family.
During this time the child will need to see their parents regularly and the concurrent carers will need to support the birth family’s efforts to regain the care for their child.
If the courts decide that the birth family have shown they can be reliable, able and loving parents, the baby will be returned to their care. The concurrent carers will have the satisfaction of knowing that they have given the child the best possible start in life by providing care and security from the earliest time, and will play at part in helping them settle back into their family.
However, if the courts decide that the child’s parents cannot provide the security and care they need, and there are no alternative carers from within the birth family, the child will remain with their concurrent carer/s and be adopted by them.