Government funding designed to help adopted children from difficult backgrounds settle in their new homes and lives has now been reached 22,000 youngsters and 18,000 families.
Originally established in 2015, the Adoption Support Fund is intended to help families on limited budgets pay for any necessary therapy, counselling and parental support following the adoption of a child. Children who have been adopted often come from dysfunctional backgrounds, and can struggle with behavioural and emotional issues as a result, even after beginning life with new parents.
To date the government has paid more than £52 million to adoptive families to help them access the support they require.
Announcing the landmark figure, Children’s Minister Robert Goodwill said:
“With the right therapeutic support, children and families will be able to embrace the new life ahead of them, and I’m delighted that the Adoption Support Fund has supported so many thousands of people already, as part of our plan for a fairer society.”
Solicitor Amy Foweather heads the recently announced Stowe Family Law adoption services department. She noted:
“Adopting a child is a big commitment to make and it is important to ensure you have access to any support you may need after you have welcomed a child into your home. Funding for appropriate therapies make a big difference – as can expert legal advice.”
“Sadly, we often see families being left without much needed support both pre- and post-adoption. Any additional support offered will be greatly welcomed and hopefully paths the way for more to come.”
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