Following today’s publication of the Government’s response to the consultation on looked-after children: improving permanence in England, The Fostering Network’s policy manager Madeleine Tearse said: “The Fostering Network welcomes the Government's decision to strengthen long-term foster care as a permanence option. Long-term foster care is the permanence option of choice for many children, yet it has not previously had the status or support it requires. The legal changes proposed will help to reinforce security and stability for many fostered children.