Adoption Support Fund team Q: Can you apply directly to the fund or do you have to go through the local authority you adopted through? Will the fund pay for this? A further £5k for therapy per child will be available from 1 April 2017. 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. Birth families and adoption records. 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. A: The ASF has been created to support as many adoptive families as possible by focusing on the therapeutic needs of the child/family. If you’re not happy with the council’s response, contact the Adoption Support Fund team. 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. 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. 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. A: No, the fund does not provide financial assistance, please speak with your local authority regarding this. Here we provide answers to a number of frequently asked questions about the Adoption Support Fund. *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. International adoption, Ukraine, special needs, typical, orphans. Are we still eligible for the Adoption Support Fund? Q: Are there any plans to extend the range of therapies/type of support offered via the Fund? Q: A child’s assessment is/was in 2016- 17 but their therapy won’t start until 2017-18. 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. She had an SEN statement when she was able to attend college. 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. Is this correct? Download the PDF by clicking the image below: This guide to the Adoption Support Fund includes information for parents about how to access the resource as well as examples of how it has worked well. This information will be updated regularly and revisions will be made where necessary. Q: What support is available to parents via the Adoption Support Fund? A: Yes, if they are OFSTED registered adoption support services or services procured through an English local authority, services may be delivered in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland although we would encourage providers to travel to the family. Access to match-funding is based on high risk of adoption breakdown among other factors. 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. Volumes of applications: 10,801 approved applications. Is she eligible for support from the fund? The narrative that bitcoin is rarely used for payment transactions has been debunked by several fields in the span of a week. Q: Our local authority requires us to have a safeguarding assessment before we can start the process of accessing the ASF. 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). To access funding from the ASF, you will need to have an assessment of your family's adoption support needs by the local authority. Here we provide answers to a number of frequently asked questions about the Fair Access Limit. The two FALs are independent of each other. We understand families will have concerns about accessing therapy and support during the covid-19 emergency. Approach your local authority for an assessment of adoption support needs. 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. Q: I am intending to submit two separate applications to the ASF (via my LA) for my two children who have different needs. 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. The Adoption Support Fund then provides funding to the local authority in order for them to fund the support agreed, through an external provider. Q: The child I care for under a Special Guardianship Order was not born in England. Is this acceptable? Q: Can I use some of my therapy FAL to supplement my specialist assessment FAL or vice versa?A: No. I am worried my children will get an interruption to therapy. Here we illustrate the Adoption Support Fund process: The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) will pay for therapeutic services that are not currently provided by local authorities. 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. Q: My daughter is 24 but has an education, health and care (EHC) plan. government is committed to delivering the fund until July 2021, The Adoption Support Fund – how it's working for families, The Adoption Support Fund - the First Year. There are different eligibility rules for leave and pay. Place your free advert now and rehome your pets quickly with a new family! 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. Signal Private Messenger is a free, multiplatform messaging service that puts privacy and security first. Q: My child is aged over 18 and no longer lives at home. 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. Registered charity number 1160647 (England and Wales). What is the reason for this? 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. This newsletter is designed to bring you news, views and information that should help make clear what is available through the Adoption Support Fund. 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. 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. 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. Pet Breed. 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: 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. 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 aim of this complaints process is to resolve any issues as quickly as possible. 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. A: The funds will be deposited into the local authority bank account on the last working day of each month, depending on the date on which the application is approved, and the next available payment run. ADHD, FASD, autism, sensory integration, Standalone specialist assessments, including any baselining specialist assessments, are also out of scope of the. A: For adopted children aged 18 and over, they do not need to be living with their adoptive parents to qualify for the ASF. Archived newsletters can be found below. 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. Story stem is in scope when part of an application for therapy where the Story Stem is used as a measurement tool. Following a successful application, funding will be released to the Local Authority to commission the approved services. A: The fair access limit of £5,000 is applied to each eligible child for this financial year. A: Eligible children with a current Statement of Need or 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. 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. 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. The local authority will carry out an assessment and support plan for the adoptive family and then make the application to the fund. The exception being when a child has left care under a Child Arrangement Order (CAO) to enable the assessment of a potential special guardian. After three years it becomes the responsibility of the local authority where you live (if different). Q: Why is the specialist assessment FAL set at £2,500? Will two separate assessments be carried out or will there be one assessment taking into account the needs of both my children? Support services funded by the ASF can begin as soon as the application is approved. 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. Q: How does my local authority receive the funds for the ASF? 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. A fixed and permanent home in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man, or the Channel Islands. You have the right to request an assessment and your local authority is required by law to conduct one. It provides money for therapy for children and families to help improve relationships, confidence and behaviour. Q: My daughter is 21 and is not currently in education due to health issues. Is he eligible for support from the fund? - applications approved after the 19th of each calendar month will be paid at the end of the following mont. Having your child adopted. We also use cookies set by other sites to help us deliver content from their services. You have the right to request this assessment and your local authority is required by law to conduct one. 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. Q: There are three children in my family who have all been assessed and found to be in need of therapeutic support. If it does, then matched funding arrangements will apply. A general social work assessment of adoption/SGO support needs remains the responsibility of the local authority/regional adoption agency. To provide an opportunity for the ambitious exploration of innovative solutions to enable adopted children and families to thrive. 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. We want to make accessing the right support for your family as easy and transparent as possible. It is not a general assessment of adoption support needs – these remain the responsibility of local authorities and are not funded by the ASF. 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. Early Stages of Adoption Process. Q: We have identified a service provider we would like to use but they are based in Wales. Does he have to approach the local authority himself to request an assessment of need or is that something we should do? Q: How do I apply for the Adoption Support Fund? Can I still apply to the fund? Q:  I have two children, a ten month old and a five year old. 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. Private Key. On 1 May 2015 the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) became available to adopters throughout England. 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. 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. The adopter and the local authority look at what is available. Q: Can Voluntary Adoption Agencies carry out adoption support needs assessments for the Adoption Support Fund? Search through thousands of adverts for Pets for Adoption in UK, from rescue centres and private owners. 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. The social worker would be able to talk to you about potential providers for the services that you need. Adoption leave. A new FAL is available in each financial year. Please consider re-homing a pet in need. 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. Q: I adopted my child before the ASF existed. Q: Can the FAL be used for more than one specialist assessment?A: Yes, as long as the total does not exceed £2,500. Private Intermediary Service (for birth relatives of adults adopted as children) We provide counselling, tracing and intermediary services to support everyone affected by adoption. 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: All applications to the ASF are completely anonymous due to data protection, therefore we would recommend that you pursue updates on applications directly from your local authority post adoption / permanence team. We use some essential cookies to make this website work. Q: I'm struggling to find therapists/services that I think might be able to help us. 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. The ASF will work with the local authority to make this process as quick and as straightforward as possible so that the requested support can be accessed as soon as possible. The specialist assessment FAL is being introduced to ensure that those children that do need a specialist assessment are not disadvantaged. 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. Local authority considers if therapeutic support is needed, the type required and if it is eligible for payments from the fund. Registered Charity No. 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. Q: My adopted son is 24 but has special educational needs. Q: If we don't need a specialist assessment FAL can my child's therapy FAL be increased to £7,500?A: No. After three years it becomes the responsibility of the Local Authority where you live (if different). 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 Department for Education has allocated £8 million to enable adoptive families to access vital support through the covid-19 lockdown period. 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. For 2017/18 a separate fund of £2,500 will be offered through the ASF when children require specialist assessment before treatment can begin. The ASF is funded by government through public monies. The therapies in scope is not an exhaustive list and is subject to change, though the guiding principles of the fund shall remain. Q: Will the fund pay for therapy for us as parents or is it only aimed at support for children and young people? The Department for Education has invested nearly £200 million in the fund since its introduction in 2015, delivering support to around 50,000 families. It will take only 2 minutes to fill in. 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. Q: When can a local authority apply for support for a child with a Special Guardianship Order? Don’t include personal or financial information like your National Insurance number or credit card details. The government has increased funding for the ASF year-on-year. 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. 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. After three years it becomes the responsibility of the Local Authority where you live (if different). Local authority applies directly to the Adoption Support Fund on behalf of the adopter. 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. Criteria for match-funding are: Q: Our completed application has been with our local authority for some time but nothing is happening. Is there any kind of directory available of the sorts of interventions that the fund can pay for and where they can be found? 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. A: You will need to ask your local authority to complete an assessment of your adoption support needs, both adopted children and siblings could be included in this assessment. Support and advice if you're considering having your child adopted. There are different rules for private adoptions and adoptions of looked-after children. If you’re not happy with how the social worker has handled the application, complain to the council. 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. 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? There is more than one way to adopt a child in the United Kingdom. To help us improve GOV.UK, we’d like to know more about your visit today. If you have further questions about the ASF, please contact the administration team:[email protected]01223 463 517. In the case of a successful application, funding will be released to the Local Authority to commission the approved services. 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. Currently there is a wide range of therapeutic support accessed. Will both children’s needs be considered in our assessment? 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. Private Keys are used by the recipient to decrypt a message that is encrypted using a public key. 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. 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. 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. 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