What will the fund pay for?
The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) will pay for therapeutic services that are not currently provided by local authorities.
- Training for adoptive parents
Therapeutic parenting courses, for example, or the secure base/safebase parenting programme
- Further, more complex assessment where required
CAMHS assessment, multidisciplinary assessment including education and health, cognitive and neuropsychological assessment, other mental health assessment.
Foetal Alcohol Syndrome assessment is in scope if part of a more comprehensive assessment.
- Multi-Disciplinary packages of support
- Attachment therapy
- Solution Focussed brief therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for the child
- Brain mapping
- Systemic Family Therapy
- Video Interaction Guidance
- Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.
Integrative method of psychotherapy developed for the treatment of children and young people who manifest serious psychological problems associated with complex trauma and serious failure to establish secure patterns of attachment.
Interactive play between child/young person and parent to strengthen the parent-child attachment. Sessions guided by a therapist.
- Filial therapy
Specific type of play therapy where the parent usually conducts the session.
- Creative Therapies
- Play therapy
- Music therapy
- Art therapy
- Drama therapy
- Lego therapy
- Dance Movement Therapy
- MIM - Marschak Interaction Method (common theraplay)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Psychological treatment method which stimulates the brain to reduce intensity of distressing memories, for example a therapist asking a child to move their eyes from left to right to stimulate blocked information.
- Sensory integration therapy
- Non-violent resistance training
A psychological approach for overcoming destructive, aggressive, controlling and risk-taking behaviour.
- Therapy such as those mentioned above, when provided as part of a short break, course or package.
- Therapy such as those mentioned above, when commissioned pre-adoption but delivery extends post-adoption order.
- Therapeutic support where the child is under a section 20 order and there is a possibility of the child being reunited with their adoptive parents.
- Extensive therapeutic life story work
- Life story work with a therapeutic intervention
Where therapy is used to help the young person understand and cope with the trauma and difficulties that their life story work might revisit.
- Story stem