Adopting a baby: our Concurrent Planning

Babies who are in the care system from a very young age are often moved from foster carer to foster carer while the courts reach a decision about who will care for them in the long term.

Coram offers a pioneering and humane alternative called Concurrent Planning. We have been running this service since 1999.

What is Concurrent Planning?

Through Coram's Concurrent Planning, a child in care under the age of two is found foster carers who are ready and willing to adopt them later if the courts decide they cannot live with their birth family.

What is Concurrent Planning like?

Discover the experiences of Coram concurrent carers in out short three-minute film. They talk about Concurrent Planning and what it meant for them.

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The advantages of Concurrent Planning

Most babies and young children who are adopted have to manage several changes of carer and broken attachments. With Concurrent Planning, we avoid that and give a baby the best chance of a settled and secure life.

The great advantage for the children concerned is that, if the courts decide they cannot go back to their birth family, it will prevent them having to suffer the upset and loss of moving from a foster home where they have settled to an adoptive family.

Could you be a concurrent carer?

Concurrent carers need to be able to look after a baby through a period of uncertainty about his or her future. They will also need to bring the baby to Coram or a contact venue to see their birth parents regularly. Hard as this sounds, if a concurrent carer goes on to adopt the child they have cared for, they will be in a very special position. They will have helped their baby through the early, unsettling months when plans were still uncertain and got to know and love them from a very young age.

When we were told we could adopt Billy, it was a big moment; we were now 'Mummy and Daddy'. 

- Couple who adopted a baby through Coram Concurrent Planning

Support for you

We only work with babies where there is a probability that they will need adoption - but it is the courts which make the final decision and there will be occasions when the baby will be returned to the birth family.

We help you build resilience and support you with:

  • Specialist preparation,with tailored workshops 
  • Intensive, high-quality support throughout the process of fostering and adoption, and beyond
  • Help to access fostering allowances
  • Supervised visits with birth families at a neutral location

Coram's trusted service

Our Concurrent Planning service is validated by the Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services (C4EO) a best practice hub for children's services used by local authorities across England.

Coram’s Concurrent Planning service received Outstanding in its most recent Ofsted fostering service inspection.

More questions about adopting a baby through Concurrent Planning? Read our FAQs

Read our Adoption Information pack for further information