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Early Permanence

Early Permanence is for vulnerable babies and young children in care whose circumstances are such that they have a high risk of being unable to return safely to the care of their birth families.

Some very young children may not be able to live with their birth family and they need to have the security of a loving permanent family as early as possible. It can take time whilst decisions are made about a child’s future by the Courts and usually during this time they are cared for by foster carers.

Children benefit enormously from the opportunity to stay (fostered) with one family who may go on to adopt them if the Court decides they cannot be safely returned to their birth family. This type of care is known as fostering to adopt.

As emotionally resilient Early Permanence foster carers you will be able to put the needs of vulnerable children at the very heart of your family.

You will be supported by our expert staff every step of the way. You will also undertake specialist training to make sure that you are prepared for your role as a foster carer.

Our Early Permanence foster carers say that their initial caution about parenting in this way has been outweighed by the privilege of caring for a very young child who in many cases, they have then been able to adopt.

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“Early Permanence was a good experience because we got our son from a very young age and were there for his first milestones in life.”

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