Adoption UK have announced that funding for the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) has been both secured and increased for 2016.
Thousands of adoptive families are now accessing essential therapy services to help their children close the door on previous traumatic experiences and settle into their new life - backed by £7 million of government investment.
Since the introduction of the fund in April 2015 - the most significant reform to adoption support in a generation - applications have been made by every single council the length and breadth of the country.
Hugh Thornbery, chief executive of Adoption UK, said: “I am obviously delighted that the government will continue to provide funding for the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) into 2016 - and that it will be even more than the £19 million received last year.
“This is really reassuring news for many adoptive parents and local authorities who have no doubt been incredibly anxious about the future funding of the ASF.
“Last year’s funding for the ASF has proved to be a life-line for many adopters struggling to secure the therapeutic support needed for their children. The continuation of this funding is recognition that there is still more to do, so I’m sure many adopters will be encouraged by this new allocation.”
Mr Thornbery continued: “The experiences of our members who have already benefited from the ASF are testament to how vitally important therapeutic support is. One told us recently ‘We don't like to think what life would be like without it right now!’ Another parent said: ‘Coming to therapy has taken a weight off my shoulders and helps to make things easier at home’.
“The ASF has already approved about 1,800 applications helping more than 3,500 parents and 2,000 children. From what we know there remains many more families needing support for their adopted children and this funding announcement is good news for them.”
Mr Thornbery added: “This news will also allow service providers to expand their offer of help to meet the demands knowing that funding has been allocated beyond March 2016.”
The Department for Education is set to make an announcement in the New Year around exactly how much the ASF will receive during 2016.
The ASF became available to adopters throughout England on 1 May, 2015. It brought in more than £19 million extra funding to support adoptive families. It is available for all children adopted from care.
The fund was established because many families need some kind of therapeutic support following adoption and too many have struggled to get the help they need in the past.
A monthly Adoption Support Fund newsletter was launched in November 2015 to bring you news, views and information that should help make clear what is available to you. The newsletter can be viewed here.
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