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Blog – Achieving permanence long term.

The aim of foster care is to achieve a state of permanence for a child. In most cases, children return to live with their birth families or guardians after a period in care. However, for those who cannot return home there are many other permanence options available.

No one form is better than another, what matters is finding a solution that is beneficial to a child’s individual circumstance.

The best-known form of permanence for children in care is adoption. When a child is adopted their new parents take on full parental responsibility for their care. Adoption is the most common form of permanence for children under the age of five. In some cases, it is possible to foster a child with an option to adopt.

An alternative to adoption is long-term fostering. Long-term fostering is a formal state of permanence. The local authority retains parental responsibility, but foster carers are given greater autonomy and meet less regularly with social workers.

For some children in care, a residential care institute will offer the best form of permanence. This is more often the case for children special requirements or disabilities.

Team London Fostering Blog.