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Adoption Support Scheme Announced Today

Edward Timpson announced a trial scheme which intends Adoptive parents to benefit from new funding worth £19.3 million. The Adoption Support Fund will pay for therapeutic services - such as cognitive therapy, play and music therapy, and intensive family support - helping children recover from their previous experiences, bond with their adoptive families and settle into their new lives.

Announcing the trial scheme at the Children and Young People conference, Edward Timpson, Minister for Children and Families, said:

“We know that children adopted from care have often lived through terrible experiences which do not just simply disappear once they have settled with their new families.”

Local authorities have a legal duty to assess the type of support new parents will need to help their adopted child yet recent research conducted by Adoption UK shows many parents remain unaware of their rights and entitlements:

Following the trial - which will commence shortly - the Adoption Support Fund will be rolled out nationally in 2015, giving providers the confidence to expand and offering adoptive families much greater choice and access to the therapeutic services they need.

The fund will represent a new approach to how adoption support is delivered. Over time we want to see local authorities, adoption agencies and other organisations contributing to the fund, ensuring that long-term provision of adoption support becomes self-sustaining.

that adoptive parents and their children get the possible support every step of the Today’s announcement is the next step in our Supporting to Adopt reform package, which will ensure way through the adoption process.

More information can be found on: www.education.gov.uk/