Concurrent planning is for babies and children in care who are likely to need adoption, but may still have a chance of being reunited with their birth family.
Concurrent carers are approved as foster carers and adopters, and perform the role of a foster carer while the courts decide if the child can return to its birth family.
If the court decides the birth parents have shown they are reliable, able and loving parents, the child will be returned to their care. The concurrent carers will have the satisfaction of knowing they have given the child the best start in life and helped them settle back into their family.
If the courts decide that the child’s parents cannot provide the security and care needed, the child will remain with the concurrent carer and be adopted.