What won't the fund pay for?

Local authorities and adoption agencies should already be providing a certain amount to their adoptive families:

  • Information, advice, guidance and signposting
  • Counselling
  • Opportunities for adoptive families to meet, socialise and support one another (eg. family days, support groups)
  • Managing and mediating contact with birth families
  • Mediation when an adoptive family is at risk of disruption
  • Financial support
  • Basic life story work
  • Short break care where no therapeutic input is provided (respite)

The ASF will also not pay for:

  • Support for physical medical conditions
  • Speech and language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other universal health services
  • Education support
  • Membership of clubs and organisations
  • Legal support
  • Support provided by private and third sector organisations that are not Ofsted regulated
  • Ex-local authority (associate) social workers
  • Davis facilitator
  • Hypnotherapy (child or adult)
  • Swimming, tennis, rugby, football, dance, Emotional Freedom Therapy
  • Isolation and Supportive holding therapy (anything that restrains people physically)
  • DNA tests
  • Executive functioning therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Education establishment fees such as schools/tutors
  • Commissioning
  • Equine and animal therapy
  • Cranial sacral therapy
  • Behavioural optometry
  • Somatic experiencing treatment