The Adoption Support Fund (ASF)
The Adoption Support Fund was set up by the government in recognition that many adoptive families may need some kind of therapeutic support following adoption.
An Assessment of Need meeting with a social worker provides an opportunity to discuss the presenting needs of your family and explore how they can best be met either by yourself as a family, universal services, ACE or ACE in conjunction with therapeutic support/other services. Should the meeting conclude that your family may benefit from additional therapeutic support an application to the ASF can be completed by ACE.
The amount per child per year is capped at £5,000 for therapy, as well as a separate amount of up to £2,500 per child if specialist assessments are needed.
The therapies funded are those identified to help achieve the following positive outcomes for you and your child:
- Improved relationships with friends, family members, teachers and school staff
- Improved engagement with learning
- Improved emotional regulation and behaviour management
- Improved confidence and ability to enjoy a positive family life and social relationships.
The ASF funding is available until March 2022.
Adoption Support Fund 2025
We are pleased to confirm that the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) will continue to offer invaluable support to adoptive and special guardianship families up to March 2025. The ASF may fund a specialist assessment and/or therapy to meet the needs of your family. Adoption Central England (ACE) are able to provide therapeutic courses and interventions funded through the ASF:
ACE have provided a safe environment to discuss & explore situations that cause struggles within our family and help identify courses that may assist in parenting our children, I have managed to attend the therapeutic parenting, parenting a teen and am currently doing DDP. The courses are so informative, not only from the people running the course but also the parents who attend, it helps to know that it’s not only us.