An Adoption UK report - based on a survey of more than 500 adoptive parents - has highlighted the positive impact the government’s emergency support scheme had for adoptive families in England. 

The scheme was introduced by the Department for Education in April, with an investment of £6.5m to fund a range of services including online counselling and virtual peer support. It is an addition to the Adoption Support Fund (ASF), which was set up in 2015. 

The report’s findings included: 

  • Of those who tried to access support, at least three-quarters were successful 
  • Nine in 10 adopters said the support they received was helpful in meeting their family’s needs 
  • 95% of respondents said they would like to see support services delivered via the emergency scheme permanently retained under the ASF 

You can read the report in full here