What is the Adoption Support Fund (ASF)?

 

On 24th January 2013, the Department for Education (DfE) published their report ‘Further Action on Adoption: Finding more loving homes’, setting out their proposals to attract adopters and improve the support available to adoptive families. This led to the implementation of the Prototype Adoption Support Fund in December 2013 which has been working with ten Local Authorities to generate sustainable improvement to the assessment and provision of appropriate therapeutic support to adoptive families.

 

Now with a simplified application process and refined funding criteria the Adoption Support Fund was opened to all 152 Local Authorities in England on 1st May 2015. We encourage all Local Authorities to make applications for funding to provide post-adoption therapeutic support and would be pleased to discuss any questions or suggestions that you might have. 


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Tavistock: Evidence base report for therapeutic support from Adoption Support Fund

05 August 2016

We are delighted to share a recent report completed by the Tavistock Institute for Human Relations exploring what evidence base exists for some of the most commonly sought after therapeutic support from the Adoption Support Fund. The research, commissioned by the Department for Education, aims to better understand key post-adoption therapeutic interventions for children and families; to examine the extent of the existing evidence on their effectiveness in achieving successful outcomes for adopted children and their families; and to identify gaps and make recommendations on what future research is needed. Click here to access the report.

The Adoption Support Fund - The First Year

23 June 2016

A new ASF resource has been published - 'The Adoption Support Fund – the First Year' includes information for parents about how to access the fund as well as examples of how it has worked well. The guide is designed to help parents understand what the Fund is, what it will pay for and how they can apply. Access the document here.

WEBINARS: ASF – Criteria and the online application form

06 June 2016

For the attention of Local Authorities

The Adoption Support Fund Managers will be hosting online webinars to provide an update for those who will be using the online solution to apply for the Adoption Support Fund. Please click on the link above to read more details.

Education Secretary publishes new strategy aimed at improving the adoption experience for children

01 April 2016

On the 27th of March 2016, the Education Secretary published a new strategy aimed at improving the adoption experience for children and families.

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