For more information and to download and read the full report click here. Q: How do I apply for the Adoption Support Fund? Q: Can I appeal if I disagree with the assessment of our support needs? It is not a general assessment of adoption support needs – these remain the responsibility of local authorities and are not funded by the ASF. Q: What if my specialist assessment costs more than £2,500?A: If it is determined that the cost of the specialist assessment needed for your child/family is above the £2,500 FAL, and there is no reasonable alternative, then an application can be made for match-funding if your circumstances are covered by the match-funding criteria. A: The fair access limit of £5,000 is applied to each eligible child for this financial year. Q: Will the fund pay for therapy for us as parents or is it only aimed at support for children and young people? The scope of the ASF has grown organically to appropriately meet the demands of essential therapy services required in the context of the guiding principles, and to ensure that as many adoptive/eligible SGO families can access the fund as possible. buy services from voluntary sector providers to provide virtual support to groups of families and children through for example a helpline or virtual peer to peer support or paying for adopters to access membership support services from voluntary sector organisations. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Adoption and Permanence (APPGAP) was establish in February 2019 and aims to: Amplify the voices and experiences of children and families engaged in adoption and other forms of permanence, to inform parliamentarians and promote the development and implementation of effective policy and practice. a trained Clinical Psychologist or Attachment Psychotherapist. *CORONA VIRUS UPDATE* The Department for Education has allocated £8 million to enable adoptive families to access vital support through the covid-19 lockdown period. Will both children’s needs be considered in our assessment? Pet Breed. The exception being when a child has left care under a Child Arrangement Order (CAO) to enable the assessment of a potential special guardian. If you’re not happy with how the social worker has handled the application, complain to the council. We want to make accessing the right support for your family as easy and transparent as possible. Should the local authority identify that the adoptive children have different needs which require further specialist assessment, then they can apply to the fund for further assessments. We need all kinds of foster carers for all kinds of children. This information will be updated regularly and revisions will be made where necessary. A: The assessment of adoption support needs is the responsibility of the LA and should be undertaken by a social worker, preferably in partnership with a clinical health professional. Can I still apply to the fund? Please visit the ASF website www.adoptionsupportfund.co.uk for more information or to contact us please use the Contact Us link, email us at [email protected] or alternatively telephone our helpline on 01223 463517. asf@mottmac.com In October 2016, the Department for Education announced that demand for the ASF was over twice the level forecast and despite increasing funding, it had been forced to take action to limit access to the fund. A: The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) covers necessary expenses for travel for the delivery of post-adoption and Special Guardian Order (SGO) therapeutic support. A: No, the fund does not provide financial assistance, please speak with your local authority regarding this. The social worker would be able to talk to you about potential providers for the services that you need. There are different rules for private adoptions and adoptions of looked-after children. A: For adopted children aged 18 and over, they do not need to be living with their adoptive parents to qualify for the ASF. Q: Our local authority requires us to have a safeguarding assessment before we can start the process of accessing the ASF. Don’t worry we won’t send you spam or share your email address with anyone. What FAL does that child have?A: Assuming that an application is made in 2016-17 for the assessment that took place in that year, the child’s FAL is £5k which includes costs for assessment and therapy.If no therapy is being/has been claimed for in 2016-17 then the Fund will cover assessment costs up to £5k.The child will have new FALs of £5k for therapy and £2.5k respectively towards any additional specialist assessments within scope of the Fund in 17-18. Your social worker can apply for you. We’d like to set additional cookies to understand how you use GOV.UK, remember your settings and improve government services. Q: How does my local authority receive the funds for the ASF? After three years it becomes the responsibility of the local authority where you live (if different). A: Should therapeutic services be identified as beneficial to your family following the assessment of adoption support needs, the local authority will be able to apply to the ASF on your behalf. Currently there is a wide range of therapeutic support accessed. Where the social worker identifies that therapeutic services would be beneficial to your family, they can apply to the ASF on your behalf. A: Children, living in England and being cared for under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) who were in care immediately prior to the SGO taking effect are in scope of the fund. The ASF will fund pre and post order support for children adopted from care in England or living in England up to and including age 21 or 25 with an EHC plan or SEN statement. Is this year's fair access limit per child or per family? The local authority that places the child with you is responsible for assessing your adoption support needs for three years after the adoption order is complete. A 'fair access limit' of £5,000 per child was introduced as well as a match-funding approach whereby local authorities share the cost of support over the fair access limit. SC037892 (Scotland). What to do if you were adopted as a child and want to find out more about your adoption or your birth family. Will this be accepted as evidence to prove her eligibility for the fund? 01223 463 517. Q: I'm struggling to find therapists/services that I think might be able to help us. There is more than one way to adopt a child in the United Kingdom. I am worried my children will get an interruption to therapy. Q: If we don't need a specialist assessment FAL can my child's therapy FAL be increased to £7,500?A: No. Adopted children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan are eligible to access the Fund up to and including 25 years of age. However; - applications approved before the 19th of each calendar month will be paid at the end of that calendar month. Criteria for match-funding are: Q: Our completed application has been with our local authority for some time but nothing is happening. Support services funded by the ASF can begin as soon as the application is approved. This newsletter is designed to bring you news, views and information that should help make clear what is available through the Adoption Support Fund. Registered charity number 1160647 (England and Wales). It provides background to the ASF, who is eligible, the level of funding available, and the fund’s vision for the future. A: The ASF does not decide what support adoptive families should receive; this should be based on a thorough assessment of your family's adoption support needs conducted by the local authority, preferably in partnership with a clinical health professional. When an adoption order is made, it is very unusual for there to be an actual order for contact although a parent or birth relative may (with leave of the Court) apply for a ‘Section 8’ private law Child Arrangements Order – the same provision that applies when parents separate. There are different eligibility rules for leave and pay. Q: If we don't use all our £5k therapy FAL this year can it be carried to 2017-18?A: No. After three years it becomes the responsibility of the Local Authority where you live (if different). This is a per child limit, as per the therapy FAL. These include: Specialist Assessment that meets all of the criteria below: The following are not in scope of the Fund: MIM - Marschak Interaction Method (common theraplay) – is in scope when part of an application for therapy, where the MIM is used as a measurement tool. If you feel unhappy with the way in which your Local Authority social care team have supported you in accessing the Adoption Support Fund, there is a seven stage approach for managing complaints that can be found on the ASF website. Is there any kind of directory available of the sorts of interventions that the fund can pay for and where they can be found? It can be used to pay for a broader range of support than is normally available under the ASF to ensure families receive practical and appropriate support during this difficult and uncertain time. Having your child adopted. A: The ASF has been created to support as many adoptive families as possible by focusing on the therapeutic needs of the child/family. The range of the therapeutic parenting services approved include, though are not limited to: AdoPT course, Adoption UK Peer-to-Peer Support Service, Great Behaviour Breakdown, KEEP, Non Violent Resistance and Secure Base/Safe Base Parenting Programme. Therefore, to ensure that there is still fair access to therapy we will, from 1 April 2017, provide up to £2,500 as a separate fair access limit for specialist assessments. The government is committed to delivering the fund until July 2021, with a decision on its future beyond that date expected to be made this autumn. Q: My child is aged over 18 and no longer lives at home. We’ll send you a link to a feedback form. The government has increased funding for the ASF year-on-year. Q: What do you mean by specialist assessment?A: A specialist assessment is an in-depth, multi-disciplinary assessment, that includes clinical input. Is this also per child?A: The level was determined following an analysis of the costs of all assessments funded via the ASF since it was launched in May 2015. If your £5,000 access limit per child has been exceeded in this financial year, your local authority will have to make a case for exceptional funding and agree to jointly fund any future therapy for this financial year. The social worker would be expected to talk to you about who can provide the types of service that you need and agree with you the provider who would best meet the identified support needs. A: The Local Authority that places the child with you is responsible for assessing your adoption support needs for three years after the adoption order is complete. Over the period CoramBAAF has produced guidance on a range of family placement issues divided into the key areas of practice - adoption, fostering, family placement, health and legal. Access to match-funding is based on high risk of adoption breakdown among other factors. It has also brought in a fair access limit of £5,000 a year per child for therapy and an additional £2,500 access limit for specialist assessments. Support and advice if you're considering having your child adopted. Adoption UK is proud to announce that their updated online Adoption Support Fund (ASF) guide has now been published, to mark National Adoption Week 2017. a high risk of adoption breakdown without high cost support, additional funding would help to progress hard to place adoptions, a lack of available, affordable therapeutic support means higher cost provision is required. ADHD, FASD, autism, sensory integration, Standalone specialist assessments, including any baselining specialist assessments, are also out of scope of the. Regional adoption agencies and local authorities have discretion to spend their share of the money on the support that adoptive families in their areas need most at this time. A new FAL is available in each financial year. Please consider re-homing a pet in need. It provides money for therapy for children and families to help improve relationships, confidence and behaviour. PAC-UK offices and Advice Lines are not staffed on public holidays London Education Advice Line: Tel 020 7284 5879 Thursday 12.00pm–2.00pm (during school … In December 2019, the Department for Education announced an additional £5 million of funding for the financial year 2020/21, taking the overall budget to £45 million. International adoption, Ukraine, special needs, typical, orphans. For example, agencies can use the funding to: The application process has also been streamlined for agencies to ensure families receive support in a timely fashion. Where the social worker identifies that therapeutic services would be beneficial to your family, they will be able to apply to the ASF on your behalf. The Adoption Support Fund - how it's working for families, provides anyone new to adoption with everything they need to know about the ASF. The aim of this complaints process is to resolve any issues as quickly as possible. Early Stages of Adoption Process. If you have lost someone to adoption we can: Trace the adopted adult and make the first contact on your behalf. Birth families and adoption records. Especially for parents? A: The Fund is available to all children adopted from care, not just newly adopted children. Here we provide answers to a number of frequently asked questions about the Fair Access Limit. Lived in the United Kingdom for a period of at least one (1) year before beginning the adoption application process. You have the right to request this assessment and your local authority is required by law to conduct one. After three years it becomes the responsibility of the Local Authority where you live (if different). Q: The child I care for under a Special Guardianship Order was not born in England. Q: Until what age do adopted/SGO young people remain eligible for the Adoption Support Fund? Applications to the fund can be submitted by the LA prior to the SGO being in place but funds will not be released until the order takes effect. Are we still eligible for the Adoption Support Fund? Q: My application has had to be resubmitted to the ASF. For 2017/18 a separate fund of £2,500 will be offered through the ASF when children require specialist assessment before treatment can begin. Thatcher and Faber for the Waterfield/Brooks Family! Eligible children with a current Statement of Need/Education, Health and Care plan may be supported by the fund up to and including 25 years of age. Where the social worker identifies that therapeutic services would be beneficial to your family, the local authority would then be able to apply to the ASF on your behalf subject to the scope and criteria. A: The Adoption Support Fund can provide funding to meet the support needs of eligible children and young people aged up to and including the age of 21 years or up to and including the age of 25 years if the eligible recipient has a Special Educational Needs (SEN) Statement or Education Health Care (EHC) Plan. To provide an opportunity for the ambitious exploration of innovative solutions to enable adopted children and families to thrive. Q: My daughter is 21 and is not currently in education due to health issues. Q: Does an assessment of needs for the Adoption Support Fund have to be undertaken by a social worker or can it be done by an assistant/family support worker? Funding is for a financial year. Is this acceptable? Foster a child. Standalone assessments for single conditions, e.g. The rates for travel and subsistence are set as they are to maximise the funding towards direct delivery of adoption support to families and children. Search through thousands of adverts for Pets for Adoption in UK, from rescue centres and private owners. Q: Can Voluntary Adoption Agencies carry out adoption support needs assessments for the Adoption Support Fund? Adoption UK is in regular contact with the Department for Education and will update this page when necessary so you are aware of the latest developments. Archived newsletters can be found below. We understand families will have concerns about accessing therapy and support during the covid-19 emergency. A: To access the Adoption Support Fund, you will need to have an assessment of your family's adoption support needs by the local authority. If the assessment shows that therapeutic services would be beneficial, your local authority could make an application to the fund. Local authority applies directly to the Adoption Support Fund on behalf of the adopter. family days, support groups), Managing and mediating contact with birth families, Mediation when an adoptive family is at risk of disruption, Short break care where no therapeutic input is provided (respite), Speech and language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other universal health services, Support provided by private and third sector organisations that are not Ofsted regulated, Ex-local authority (associate) social workers, Swimming, tennis, rugby, football, dance, Emotional Freedom Therapy, Isolation and Supportive holding therapy (anything that restrains people physically), Education establishment fees such as schools/tutors. The process allows the ASF to make contact with the relevant local authority on your behalf to support them to resolve any issues that could be preventing or delaying the submission of an application. Both birth parents normally have to agree (consent) to the adoption, unless: You may be able to adopt a child if you’re aged 21 or over (there’s no upper age limit) and either: There are different rules for private adoptions and adoptions of looked-after children. Since the message is encrypted using a given public key, it can only be decrypted by the matching private key. Q: When can a local authority apply for support for a child with a Special Guardianship Order? If you’re not happy with the council’s response, contact the Adoption Support Fund team. Private Key. She had an SEN statement when she was able to attend college. Q: Why is the specialist assessment FAL set at £2,500? A fixed and permanent home in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man, or the Channel Islands. Local authority considers if therapeutic support is needed, the type required and if it is eligible for payments from the fund. Here we provide answers to a number of frequently asked questions about the Adoption Support Fund. Information, advice, guidance and signposting, Opportunities for adoptive families to meet, socialise and support one another (eg. A: Due to unprecendented demand and to ensure that as many families as possible can benefit from support through the fund, the government have made an additional £6 million available for 2018/2019 (£37 million in total). Q: We have identified a service provider we would like to use but they are based in Wales. Story stem is in scope when part of an application for therapy where the Story Stem is used as a measurement tool. Q: When is it being introduced?A: The specialist assessment FAL of up to £2,500 will come into effect on 1 April 2017 alongside the 2017-18 therapy FAL of £5k per child. Q: My daughter is 24 but has an education, health and care (EHC) plan. The therapies in scope is not an exhaustive list and is subject to change, though the guiding principles of the fund shall remain. Regional adoption agencies and local authorities have discretion to spend their share of the money on the support that adoptive families in their areas need most at this time. Local authorities and adoption agencies should already be providing a certain amount to their adoptive families: Adoption UK, Units 11 and 12, Vantage Business Park, Bloxham Road, Banbury, OX16 9UX. The Adoption Support Fund then provides funding to the local authority in order for them to fund the support agreed, through an external provider. You do not have to be a British citizen to adopt a child, but: You may be able to get funding from the Adoption Support Fund. I've been told that making a complaint about the lack of response from our local authority will result in the application being put on hold while the complaint is investigated. Q: Can I use some of my therapy FAL to supplement my specialist assessment FAL or vice versa?A: No. - applications approved after the 19th of each calendar month will be paid at the end of the following mont. You can change your cookie settings at any time. If you disagree with the local authority's assessment of your adoption support needs, you can use the already established local authority complaints procedures or speak to your local councillor. The narrative that bitcoin is rarely used for payment transactions has been debunked by several fields in the span of a week. The local authority that places the child with you is responsible for assessing your adoption support needs for three years after the adoption order is complete. The following statistics show how many people are benefiting from the Adoption Support Fund (as of 1 April 2017) and the types of therapies that are being applied for. Q: I am intending to submit two separate applications to the ASF (via my LA) for my two children who have different needs. Either the young person or the parents can approach the local authority to request an assessment of need. It will take only 2 minutes to fill in. A: To access the ASF, you will need to have an assessment of your family's adoption support needs by the Local Authority. Q: Can the FAL be used for more than one specialist assessment?A: Yes, as long as the total does not exceed £2,500. Q: Does the fund pay reasonable travel expenses for ASF-funded therapy? The social worker would be expected to talk to you about who can provide the types of service that you need and which provider you would prefer. The Local Authority that places the child with you is responsible for assessing your adoption support needs for three years after the adoption order is complete. The two FALs are independent of each other. The fund covers eligible costs relating to therapeutic support services for all adopted children living in England and young people up to age 21 where they have left care through adoption or special guardianship arrangements. A: The Adoption Suport Fund (ASF) provides a range of therapeutic parenting programmes to equip parents with skills and techniques to therapeutically parent their child, to address their child(ren)'s assessed needs; it does not cover therapy for the parents. Local authorities may wish to reimburse more than the allowable rates but the application to the ASF should only claim for amounts within those rates. A: Children cared for under a Special Guardian Order (SGO), living in England, are eligible for funding if they were a Looked After Child (LAC) immediately before the order was granted. We also use cookies set by other sites to help us deliver content from their services. Q: I adopted my child before the ASF existed. The ASF is funded by government through public monies. If it does, then matched funding arrangements will apply. A: The fund is available to eligible children up to and including 21 years of age, as your daughter is 21 she would be eligible with or without an SEN / EHCP. The child is eligible for support while the CAO is in force and will remain eligible if a SGO is subsequently made. Volumes of applications: 10,801 approved applications. Location Search Advertise your pets for free! Don’t include personal or financial information like your National Insurance number or credit card details. The adopter and the local authority look at what is available. Q: What support is available to parents via the Adoption Support Fund? 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Does he have to approach the local authority himself to request an assessment of need or is that something we should do? The Department for Education has invested nearly £200 million in the fund since its introduction in 2015, delivering support to around 50,000 families. A:  From the 1st April 2016 the scope of the Fund was widened to be available for adopted children and young people up to and including 21 years of age. The LA can apply to the fund to pay for a specialist assessment of the child's adoption support needs if they believe it is necessary. Is he eligible for support from the fund? To help us improve GOV.UK, we’d like to know more about your visit today. Adoption leave. The Department for Education has also provided a useful FAQ document for families and providers (which you can download below), explaining how the ASF will be operating during the covid-19 lockdown. A general social work assessment of adoption/SGO support needs remains the responsibility of the local authority/regional adoption agency. Approach your local authority for an assessment of adoption support needs. Q: There are three children in my family who have all been assessed and found to be in need of therapeutic support. Under this temporary scheme, regional adoption agencies and local authorities can access this funding via the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) until the end of June. A: It is a matter for the local authority to determine whether it wishes to carry out a safeguarding assessment as part of the process of applying to the Adoption Support Fund. A: To access the ASF, you will need to have an assessment of your families’ adoption support needs completed by the local authority that has statutory responsibility for your family. You have the right to request an assessment and your local authority is required by law to conduct one. We use some essential cookies to make this website work. The fund was established because many families need some kind of therapeutic support following adoption and too many have struggled to get the help they need in the past. Search for Pets for Adoption. Q: Why have you introduced a separate FAL for specialist assessments?A: Following the introduction of the £5k per child FAL in October 2016, concerns were raised about how the cost of a specialist assessment significantly reduced the amount of funding available for therapy. A:  On receipt of an application, the ASF will complete a full review of the information provided to ensure that the child / family and the services identified meet the eligibility criteria of the Fund and that the financial information is correct. Q: My adopted son is 24 but has special educational needs. Q: How does this year's fair access limit apply to applications that request funding on a termly basis? 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