The fostering network has recently submitted a plan to the House of Lords’ select committee on adoption legislation. This has been done in attempt to highlight the need for a more integrated and functional approach towards permanent care placements.
Fostering is the most common long term placement option for any looked after children. The current government focus is mainly on adoption, this is argued by the Fostering Network to be misleading and a hindrance to those looked after children and young people that need permanent placements. All methods of long term care should be considered and planned to work with each other rather than in isolation from each other.
Policy manager Madeline Tearse from the Fostering Network expressed her views by explaining that the current methods of permanent placements for looked after children and young people needs to be reviewed at the same time as proposals to speed up the adoption process are considered.
There is a need for the clarification of the status of long term foster care and a need for consistent approaches throughout the country.