Department for Education honours commitment to the Adoption Support Fund

Published: 02.08.17

Adoption UK comments on the news that the Department for Education (DfE) has committed to £28 million of funding to the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) for 2017/18.
Department for Education honours commitment to the Adoption Support Fund

Dr Sue Armstrong Brown, chief executive of Adoption UK, said: “Our charity advocated the establishment of the ASF, following a high-profile campaign for better post-adoption support. We’re delighted it is to continue following uncertainty over its future after the snap general election.

“The fund addresses a vital need, but much more needs to be done if we are to successfully work toward a future where families parenting some of the country’s most vulnerable children, receive timely and appropriate support on a lifelong basis.

“We know that the vast majority (81%) of adoptive parents have their support needs identified and we’ve heard powerful testimony from some of our members whose families have benefited from accessing the fund – in some cases placement have even been prevented from disrupting. As one adoptive parent told us, the ASF ‘has been and continues to be a crucial lifeline for our family’. But regrettably around half of all adoptive families are not receiving the right level of support. There is still a huge gap in the provision of adoption support that the ASF needs to bridge.

“Adoption is not a silver bullet for previously looked-after children. Around three-quarters of adopted children came into care because of abuse, trauma or neglect, and once a child is adopted, the effects do not simply disappear overnight. This is why the ASF is such a crucial service for adoptive families.

“We also have concerns around the Fair Access Limit, capping support at £5,000 of therapy, per child, as ultimately we need to secure lifelong support for traumatised children and their families.

“Adoption UK is ready to work with the Children and Families Minister Robert Goodwill MP to continue the development of this support lifeline.”

Read the full DfE's full statement on the continuation of the ASF here.