Wednesday, 14 November 2018


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Could you be a Concurrent Carer?adoption concurrency

This isn't for everyone. Many prospective adopters might not be able to cope with the uncertainty and risk that the baby might not stay with them permanently. But some  people are able to fulfill this role and with the support they'll be provided with, be able to give a young child in need of local authority care the very best start in life whatever the final outcome is.

The idea behind concurrent placements is that it's better for the adults involved to bear the uncertainty so that the baby can enjoy more stability and security.

Some feel that with the high level of ongoing support on offer they can try this different route to adoption. If this is thought to be the right option for you, a social worker will carry out a thorough assessment, prepraration and training work with you to make sure you are fully prepared for this role. 


What qualities do concurrent carers need?

The child may return to their birth family and there may also be uncertainty about their health and future development. Because of this concurrent carers need:

  • To be emotionally robust and resilient, to cope with a significant level of uncertainty about the child's future.
  • To be able to cope with loss and have resolved losses in their own lives.
  • To act as a foster carer and work with the birth family whilst looking after the child, this will involve meeting birth parents about a couple of times a week.
  • To be willing to adopt the child if that is the path that is decided.
  • The first step to becoming a concurrent carer is to make an initial enquiry. You can do this by either contacting the Adoption or the Fostering Team in your local authority. 

Employment requirements 

Your employment status will not stop you from becoming a concurrent carer. We are looking for families from a diverse range of backgrounds as long as you are able to meet the general additional living costs that parenting a child entails.

All children require time and energy, but babies and toddlers in particular need consistency of care from a primary care giver with whom they can form secure attachments. As such we would require one carer to be at home for at least nine months, preferably one year, to care for young children and whilst contact is ongoing with the birth family during court proceedings. If you are a couple this may be shared between you, but the needs of the child must remain the paramount consideration.

Financial support
Since April 2015 Concurrent or Fostering for Adoption Carers have been entitled to claim adoption leave and pay (if they are eligible for them) from the point of a child being placed with them under such arrangements. They are also entitled to the local authority fostering allowance as they are, at this stage acting as foster carers for the child.

All Concurrent or Foster for Adoption Carers will have their own particular circumstances and they should research both their entitlements and what their employer's offer individually.



To find out what support is available for concurrent carers please click here.