Adoption Support Fund
The Adoption Support Fund was established because many families need some kind of support following adoption and too many have struggled to get the help they need in the past. The Fund enables them to access the services they need more easily in future. The Fund is available for children up to and including the age of 18 (or 25 with a SEN statement) who are adopted from local authority care in England or adopted from Wales but living in England. To access the Fund, you will need to have an assessment of your family’s adoption support needs by the local authority. The local authority that placed your child with your is responsible for assessing your adoption support needs for three years after the adoption. After three years it becomes the responsibility of the local authority where you live (if different). Where the social worker identifies that therapeutic services would be beneficial to your family, they will apply to the Fund on your behalf, who will release funding to the local authority.
A new guide to the Adoption Support Fund has just been launched. The Adoption Support Fund – the First Year includes information for parents about how to access the Fund as well as examples of how it has worked well. The guide is designed to help parents understand what the Fund is, what it will pay for and how they can apply.
A monthly Adoption Support Fund newsletter was launched in November 2015 to bring news, views and information to parents that should help make clear what is available for all adopters and prospective adopters. The monthly publication highlights the fantastic work that is being undertaken to support families.