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More money for Adoption Support in 2016!

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I have recently come across an interesting article on Community Care so decided to do a bit of digging to find out more.

Last year the Adoption Support Fund received 19 million in funding, this year it has been confirmed that it will be even more!

Is this the right area to increase funding in?

The ASF has already approved about 1,800 applications helping more than 3,500 parents and 2,000 children.

From last year’s funding the ASF proved to be a lifeline for many adopters struggling to secure the therapeutic support needed for their children.

Adopters have found the following positive changes after the child has used therapeutic services:

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

Who is the fund available to?

The fund is available for children up to and including the age of 18 (or 25 with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health & Care Plan) who have been adopted from local authority care in England or adopted from Wales but living in England.

How much will the funding actually be?

The Department for Education is set to make an announcement in the New Year around exactly how much the ASF will receive during 2016.

We’ll let you know once there are any updates in this area. However, if you have any questions in the meantime or any comments then don’t hesitate to comment below.

Happy New Year 
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