What happens after 16 weeks has concluded?
The Local Authority can extend temporary approval of a regulation 24 carer for a further period of 8 weeks if it does not feel it has completed the necessary assessment. If the assessment is positive the Local Authority are likely to recommend that the child remain in the care of the connected carer under a final Care Order, therefore affording the carer similar rights to a Local Authority foster carer including the right to financial support.
We regularly advise and represent connected carers to ensure that they have the correct package of financial and practical support, understand and have a voice in Court proceedings and to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved at the end of care proceedings which will afford them a chance of successfully caring for the child. Legal aid is available in some circumstances and it may be possible to obtain financial support from the Local Authority for legal advice – please do ask us.
Contact our Fostering and Reg 24 Solicitors in Wakefield on 01924 332395.