The role of fostering and adoption in achieving early permanence for children

SCIE Social Care Online
Publication date:
01 January 2017


This guide focuses on identifying and sharing a range of good practice developed by local authorities and Voluntary Adoption Agencies in their use of Fostering for Adoption (FfA), which was introduced into England and Wales by the Government in 2013. Taking a practical approach, it explores: the legislative framework and development of FfA; the children being placed; best practice in care planning and placement by FfA; recruitment, preparation, assessment and approval of FfA carers; managing the initial fostering placement; progressing the adoption match; post-match considerations and adoption support. It includes case examples and quotes from those who have adopted via this route. A comprehensive range of tools and proformas, covering every stage of the process, is also included in the appendices for agencies to integrate into their own services.