Staying together policy

We recognise the strong and significant relationships that are often established between foster carers, children and young people, and are committed to achieving permanence for them.

For some of those children who would otherwise remain in care, ‘Staying Together’ offers alternative permanence options, by foster carers making an application for:

  • a Non Agency Adoption Order
  • a Special Guardianship Order (SGO)
  • or a Child Arrangements Order (CAO).

The purpose of the policy is to provide clarity about the eligibility, decision making process and support that is available to foster carers, when considering offering permanence to a child or young person through adoption, a SGO or a CAO.