Sometimes it is not safe for children to continue to live at home, or their family may not be able to provide the level of care and support a child needs. When this is the case professionals will make the decision for the child to become ‘Looked After’ by the local authority (you may know this as taken into care) and a suitable plan for that child will be established.
When a child or young person becomes a Looked After Child there are a number of possible options for where they will live. It may be that there is another family member who could be considered as a carer (known as kinship fostering), or that they will go to live with a (non-related) foster carer. It may be that the child requires a certain level of care that cannot always be met in a family setting, in which case they could live in a residential children’s home.
If the child is not able to return to their family in the future then the plan may be to find them an adoptive family, who they will live with permanently. If you are interested in adoption, please go to: www.worcestershireadoption.co.uk