The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) has received a short-term extension for the third consecutive year, providing families with access to vital support until July 2022. 

The Department for Education (DfE) has taken the unusual step of committing funding for the financial year 2022/23 ahead of the government’s next Comprehensive Spending Review, expected to take place this autumn. 

The ASF funds therapeutic support for families whose children left care through adoption or special guardianship arrangements. These children are likely to have experienced severe trauma prior to coming into care and need therapeutic support to help them thrive. 

Support that is agreed and begins in the financial year 2021/22 is guaranteed. From July to November 2021, support will be delivered over nine months rather than the usual twelve. This arrangement will be in place until the outcome of the Spending Review, which will determine the long-term future of the ASF. 

Find out more details about these transitionary funding arrangements

The ASF delivered more than £200 million worth of support for around 61,000 families in England since its introduction in 2015.