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Early Permanence placements

Are you interested in exploring a different route to adoption? Could you offer an early permanence placement to a vulnerable child?

Early permanence is the term given to placements intended to speed up a child’s journey through care and minimise the disruption of repeated moves to different families. Early permanence allows children to be placed with approved adopters who have also been approved as foster carers, enabling the children to experience a loving, settled and secure home as quickly as possible.

Why early permanence?

When a child can’t live with their birth family, local authorities and the courts are responsible for finding a new family without delay. Children cannot wait.

But children in care do wait. All available options for the child's care must be fully explored before a decision is made to seek adopters. In most cases, during this time the child lives with foster carers. Foster carers do a wonderful and vital job, but children usually only stay with them temporarily while their future is decided. Quite often, children experience a number of temporary placements, which can be disruptive and distressing.

In early permanence placements, children are fostered by the people who are likely to become their adopters at an early stage, reducing the likelihood of multiple temporary placements. This decreases uncertainty for children by reducing the number of moves they experience and the trauma associated with this upheaval.

The Triangle Project

St. Francis’ Children’s Society (SFCS) is now able to offer placements to early permanence carers through The Triangle Project.

The Triangle Project is a partnership between SFCS and Adoption Focus, both successful and experienced adoption agencies. The Triangle Project trains, prepares, assesses and approves early permanence carers for vulnerable children. We work with potential parents, helping them to become dual-approved as both:

  • foster carers, approved through the Triangle Project fostering agency and…
  • adopters, approved through either Adoption Focus or SFCS, depending on the adopter’s geographical location.

The Triangle Project is registered with Ofsted and was rated 'Good' during its first inspection. The Project has been funded by the Department for Education’s Practice and Improvement Fund for Adoption Services.

If you would like to explore this alternative route to adoption, please visit the Triangle Project website for more information or call the Triangle Project switchboard on 0300 303 3707.

You can also download the Triangle Project leaflet and read more detailed information about early permanence in our Guidance Notes.


St. Francis' Children's Society and The Triangle Project are first and foremost committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all prospective adopters to share this commitment. All applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding checks including DBS checks and Local Authority checks. This is to ensure that no adopter is approved who may pose a risk to children or is otherwise unsuitable.