Thousands more adoptive families and special guardians are set to benefit from additional support after a special fund was increased by £12 million – taking the total investment to £149 million since 2015.
 
Three quarters of adopted children suffered abuse and neglect in their birth families. Therapy can make an enormous contribution to helping those children come to terms with early experiences and build a brighter future. More than 35,000 families have already benefited from the Adoption Support Fund, which has provided things like cognitive therapy, play and music therapy, and family support sessions.
 
Sue Armstrong-Brown Chief Executive of Adoption UK said: 
 
“This is fantastic news for adoptive parents across England. I’m pleased that the government heard our recent message, delivered directly to the Children’s Minister by adoptive parents, that more support was needed. Adopters told the minister that many had received life-changing therapeutic support through the Adoption Support Fund.
 
“This support makes all the difference to families parenting some of the country’s most vulnerable children - in many cases it has been the one thing that held the family together and prevented the child returning to care. It’s vital that this support is safeguarded into the future, and I’m delighted that an additional £12 million has been allocated to support adoptive families.”
 
Adoptive parent Rachael said:
 
“Without the fund there's every chance our daughter wouldn't be with us right now, which would have been devastating for her and our family. The ASF has prevented her placement from disrupting and has kept our family together.”