A £19 million fund to help families settle in newly adopted children launched nationwide today.
The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) will pay for services such as behavioural therapy, play and music therapy, and family support sessions.
Minister for Children and Families Edward Timpson announced the ASF last November following a successful pilot scheme. He said it would be “a vital lifeline for many adoptive families, helping them to access specialist support services when their family needs them most.”
Mr Timpson said these services were necessary because adopted children “have often lived through terrible experiences which do not just simply disappear overnight” once they are placed with a new family.
Specialist charity The British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) welcomed the new fund. They said that, last year, 62 per cent of children in care had suffered abuse or neglect, so “more comprehensive post adoption support” was a positive step.
However, BAAF also called for more families to have access to it. They said it should also be made available to families who have children under special guardianship and those with children adopted internationally.
Dr John Simmonds is head of Policy, Research and Development at BAAF. He said that such children “have often experienced similar trauma to those adopted from care” yet there “still isn’t funding available” for them.