Adoption Support Fund goes live
Published: 30.04.15Adoption UK has consistently campaigned on behalf of our members to ensure that adoptive families receive the support and encouragement they need to help make adoptions work and this has resulted in the £19.3m Adoption Support Fund (ASF).
The ASF, which goes live on Friday 1 May, 2015, means adopters from across the country, who could benefit from therapeutic services, should now be asking their local authority to apply to the fund so that they too can benefit from this essential support.
Due to their early life experiences many adopted children require ongoing support to thrive in their adoptive families. Our research with adoptive parents highlighted this need and the desperation of too many adoptive families to gain such support. We found that 81% of adoptive parents (who had an assessment for support) had specific support needs identified and more than half had a requirement for therapeutic services. However, only 28% of parents had these needs met by their agencies.
Our Chief Executive Hugh Thornbery, said: "We used the voice of our members and evidence we had gathered to persuade Government to provide support for adoptive families so we are delighted the Adoption Support Fund will go live in England on 1st May. The fund is a huge step in the right direction towards ensuring that families get the help they need to parent vulnerable children.
"We'll be listening to feedback from parents and monitoring the roll out of the fund so that we can continue to represent adopters' voices in seeking lasting change to adoption across the UK that improves the lives of not only adopted children but also their families. We will also be continuing to press for similar arrangements in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales."
Hugh Thornbery on BBC Radio Shropshire talking about the Adoption Support Fund (01.05.15). His interview runs from 02:18:16 to 02:22:35