Resources and Testimonials


What is concurrent planning like?

Listen to Coram concurrent carers discuss the scheme and what it meant to them and the children they adopted.

transcript for our film is provided here for accessibility. Reproduction by third parties is strictly forbidden. Please contact our Press Office with enquiries.

Hear about the experiences of a couple who adopted their daughter through Concurrent Planning. Video courtesy of First4Adoption.

Legal Seminar Series

The Legal Process and Achieving Early Permanence for Children Seminar

Thursday 16th March 2017, the London Courts

Chaired by HHJ Robin Tolson QC


  • ‘Fostering for Adoption: a child centred development?’ – John Simmonds, Director of Policy, Research and Development, CoramBAAF
  • ‘Early Permanence Placement’ – Alexandra Conroy Harris, Legal Consultant, CoramBAAF
  • ‘Coram’s experience of managing concurrent planning placements since 1999 – lessons & outcomes’ – Jeanne Kaniuk OBE, Managing Director of Adoption, Coram
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Coram and Cafcass Early Permanence Seminar

Tuesday 6 June 2017, the Foundling Museum

Chaired by District Judge Celia Dawson


  • ‘Early Permanence’ – Anthony Douglas CBE, Chief Executive, Cafcass
  • ‘Guardian’s role in foster to adopt placements’ – Clea Barry, practice supervisor (public law), Cafcass
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‘Essex Adoption Agency was very keen to develop an Early Permanence Programme. The advice and support we received from the Coram Early Permanence Centre was invaluable in helping us to develop our policies and practice in this area. Network Days have provided a stimulating forum in which we can share best practice, bring our worries and benefit from practitioners and other related professionals presentations. The practice in Essex is now firmly embedded, with over 30 children benefiting from being placed with dually approved carers, most from the point of reception into care.’ – Essex Adoption Agency

‘Adoption remains the best early permanence outcome for babies and young children who cannot be given the care they need within their own family network. For those children, every day matters and delay to achieving early permanence can be highly damaging’ –  Anthony Douglas, CEO Cafcass


Findings from a longitudinal study of early placements

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