Concurrent Planning is for young children in care who are likely to need adoption, but who still have a chance of being reunited with their birth family. Concurrent carers are approved as foster carers and adopters, performing the role of foster carers whilst the courts decide whether or not a child can return to its birth family.
During this time the children 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 parents are able to provide ‘good enough’ care for their child, then the child will be returned to their care. The concurrent carers will have the satisfaction of knowing that they have given these children the best possible start in life by providing care and security from the earliest time, and will help 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.