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 13 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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NEWSFLASH: Adoption Support Fund

22 November 2017

Today, Robert Goodwill, Minister of State for Children and Families, has written to Directors of Children’s Services in England, to inform them of continued arrangements for the ASF from April 2018.

NEWSFLASH: Adoption Support Fund - how it's working for families

26 October 2017

Adoption UK, commissioned by the DfE, has recently published an updated online Adoption Support Fund (ASF) guide...

NEWSFLASH: ASF Specialist Assessment

14 September 2017

Following a number of requests for clarification, this newsflash provides further information on the definition of ‘Specialist Assessment’ under the Specialist Assessment Fair Access Limit...

NEWSFLASH: Multi-million fund reaches record number of adoptive families

02 August 2017

On the 2nd August, Robert Goodwill, Minister for Children and Families, publicised the success of the Adoption Support Fund. 

He announced that, £52 million has been released through the Fund so far, reaching 22,000 children and 18,000 families...