The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) was established because many families need some kind of support following adoption and many have struggled to get the help they need in the past. The ASF 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 ASF on your behalf, who will release funding to the local authority.
The ASF can provide funding for a range of services, including:
- supporting your child with their behaviour
- settling into the family home
- making relationships
- expressing their feelings
- worrying behaviour, like clinginess, anger and self-harm
A new guide to the ASF is available and 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 ASF is, what it will pay for and how they can apply.