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Adoption Support Fund Therapeutic Services

From 1 May 2015, adoptive parents throughout North-west, England can benefit from new funding under the Adoption Support Fund (ASF).

The Government has announced an extra £19.3 million funding will ensure families such as those who have adopted children in Blackpool, Lancashire will get access to the best possible care and support.

The aim is help adopted children to recover from their previous experiences, bond with their new adoptive families and settle into their new forever homes.

What therapeutic services are now available?

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
  • Therapeutic parenting courses
  • CAMHS assessment
  • Multidisciplinary assessment including education and health
  • Cognitive and neuropsychological assessment
  • Other mental health assessment
  • Psychotherapy
  • Theraplay
  • Filial therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Drama therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Sensory integration therapy
  • Non-violent resistance training

What will the Adoption Support Fund NOT pay for?

  • Support for physical medical conditions
  • Speech and language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other universal health services.
  • Education support
  • Membership of clubs and organisations
  • Legal support
  • Support provided by private sector and third sector organisations that are not Ofsted regulated unless commissioned through Local Authorities
  • Training of staff
  • Support not delivered in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Animal, pet or equine therapy
  • Ex- Local authority (associate) social workers

To find out more information on the Adoption Support Fund, who is eligible and how the process works, please click here.


For further advice and information, please visit our Adoption Support section; call 01253 477888 or email

Published: Thursday 21st May, 2015

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