When can an application for discharge of care order be made?
This application can only be made by the child, the parent, the local authority or any person with Parental Responsibility. The applicant must demonstrate that there has been significant and sustainable changes in circumstances since the care order was granted. This is usually sought after care proceedings when a Care Order is made in respect of the child to the Local Authority.
When can I apply to discharge a care order?
An application of this sort can only be made after a period of 6 months. We would usually suggest a period of 12 months in order to show that significant and sustainable changes have been made since the Care Order has been granted.
If your child is placed in Local Authority Foster care under a Care Order then there is an application available for you to discharge this order. The application is usually made in circumstances where you seek the child’s return to your care.
We will be able to advise you on the merits of this application and the process involved so please get in touch to book an appointment with one of our team.
Please see our free fact sheet on Discharge of Care Orders that answers some commonly asked questions.