Providing early permanence for children

Coram Centre for Early Permanence provides young children in care proceedings with the opportunity to live with their forever family as early as possible, by enabling them to find carers who are ready and willing to adopt them at a later stage.

The benefits of early permanence

Early permanence gives young children emotional, physical and legal security, which research has shown can make a huge difference to children’s lives. Permanence may be provided through family and kinship placements, long-term fostering, special guardianship orders and adoption.

How we support best practice in early permanence

We support best practice in early permanence placements for young children in care proceedings through our nationwide Early Permanence Network. Network members have access to a range of benefits including training, legal updates and events where they can share learning and support one another. 



children in care under the age of 1

60 days

was the average amount of time for children waiting to be placed in 2018/19

26 agencies

are part of our network exchanging best practice for early permanence

Early Permanence Quality Mark

The Early Permanence Quality Mark is the standard of excellence awarded to adoption agencies that demonstrate the quality of their service and commitment to delivering early permanence for children where adoption is in their best interest.

“For children, every day matters and delay to achieving early permanence can be highly damaging.”
Anthony Douglas, CEO Cafcass

Early permanence support for agencies

Fostering for Adoption is a child-centred solution to achieving early permanence for a child. Our good practice guidance for Fostering for Adoption is available for free to all adoption agencies.

Download our Fostering for Adoption Good Practice Guidance