Permanency aims to provide security for a child through to adulthood, as all children and young people benefit from living in a predictable and stable environment with as much certainty as possible. A permanent foster placement provides a child with a fundamental commitment from the carers to the child for the rest of their childhood and the opportunity to:

  • Build and establish relationships with adults that will last into adulthood and throughout life
  • Be cared for in a stable and safe environment with physical, emotional, psychological and social needs met
  • Maintain a direct relationship with members of their birth family, as appropriate
  • Build self-identity and self-esteem through the provision of a stable and settled family life

Permanency in Fostering: a Briefing for Foster Carers (England) (September 2012)

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