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Adoption support Fund - new from 2015

From May 2015 the Department for Education has set aside money in what is called the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) and this will be available nationally (for one year in the first instance). This is being established because many families need some kind of support following adoption and some have struggled to get the help they need in the past. It is hoped that the fund will enable them to access the services they need more easily in future.

Who is eligible for the Adoption support fund

The Fund will be available for adopted children up to and including the age of 18 (or 25 with an Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health and Care Plan) who have been adopted from local authority care in England or adopted from Wales but living in England. The fund is not for support to families who have children ‘placed’ but not yet adopted.

Access to the fund

You will need to have an assessment of your family’s adoption support needs by a Local Authority adoption agency. The local authority that placed your child with you is responsible for assessing your adoption support needs for the first three years after the adoption order was granted. After three years it becomes the responsibility of the local authority where you live (if different). This should clarify if it will be Hull Adoption Support services who will assess your family’s needs or another Local Authority adoption team.

Where the assessment identifies that therapeutic services would be beneficial to your family, the local authority will apply to the Fund on your behalf, who will then release funding to the local authority. The local authority social worker will be expected to talk to you about who can provide the types of service that you need and which provider you would prefer.

Support available through the ASF

The ASF can provide funding for a range of therapeutic services that are identified to help achieve the following positive outcomes for you and your child -

  • Improved relationships with friends, family members, teachers and school staff
  • Improved engagement with learning
  • Improved emotional regulation and behaviour management
  • Improved confidence and ability to enjoy a positive family life and social relationships

To achieve these outcomes the Fund will pay for therapeutic support and services including -

  • Therapeutic parenting training
  • Further more complex assessment (such as CAMHS assessment, multidisciplinary assessment including education and heath, cognitive and neuropsychological assessment, other mental health needs assessment)
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
  • Theraplay
  • Filial therapy
  • Creative therapies such as art, music, drama, play
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Non-Violent Resistance (NVR)
  • Sensory integration therapy or Sensory attachment therapy
  • Multi Systemic Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Specialist clinical assessments where required (such as Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)
  • Extensive therapeutic life story work

What the ASF will not pay for

  • Information, advice, guidance and signposting
  • Opportunities for adoptive parents to interact (such as support groups)
  • Mediation of contact with birth families
  • Mediation services when an adoptive family is at risk of disruption
  • Financial support
  • Basic Life story work
  • 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 sector and third sector organisations that are not Ofsted regulated unless commissioned through Local Authorities
  • Training of staff
  • Support not delivered in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Animal, pet or equine therapy
  • Ex local authority (associate) social workers

The ASF application process

The Adoptive family contacts the Local Authority Adoption support team and requests an assessment of adoption support needs -

  • A social worker meets with family members (and relevant others) to assess the support needs of the family
  • The assessment recommends if therapeutic support services are needed
  • If so, the family and assessing social worker agree a provider of support and complete the ASF application
  • The application can take up to 5 working days for a decision
  • The family are advised of the decision and the next steps if funding is agreed
  • Once approved funds are released to the Local Authority to arrange the support as agreed

How to access support from Hull Adoption Support Service

If you wish to discuss your options for adoption support you can contact the team by telephone or email.

Telephone     01482 612 800 (option 1 - available daily Monday to Friday, 12.30 - 4.30pm)

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Hull Adoption Team
Kenworthy House
98-104 George Street


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