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Early permanence with Triangle Project

September 28, 2018

Triangle Project - Adopted BME boy in play park

In March 2018 St. Francis’ Children’s Society, in partnership with our colleagues at Adoption Focus, launched the Triangle Project.

The Triangle Project enables us to jointly approve adopters as foster carers, meaning that children and babies can be placed at the earliest opportunity with foster carers who could ultimately become their permanent adoptive family. This type of placement is called an ‘early permanence’ placement.

The main aim of this approach is to avoid multiple temporary foster placements and/or a long stay in foster care whilst the necessary legal and care processes are completed.

Foster carers do a wonderful and vital job but children usually only stay with them temporarily while their future is decided, and quite often, children experience a number of temporary placements. Early permanence can decrease uncertainty for children by reducing the number of moves they experience and the trauma associated with this upheaval.

Since going live, the Triangle Project has approved nine families as dual-approved carers. The majority of these families have gone on to be quickly chosen for standard adoption placements due to their flexibility and child-centred approach.

However, in June, the Triangle Project celebrated its first early permanence placement. This has subsequently converted to an adoption placement, meaning that these two young siblings were placed in their permanent home much more quickly than with a standard adoption placement, and bonding between parents and children began as early as possible.

We look forward to making more placements through the Triangle Project, as we continue to dual-approve new families on a regular basis.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Triangle Project on 0300 303 3707 or go to www.triangleproject.org.uk

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