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Adoption support fund

Adoption support fund (ASF)

As adoptive parents, you are eligible to apply for up to £5,000 per annum for each of your children to meet their therapeutic needs and/or the therapeutic needs of your family. An additional £2,500 is available to carry out a needs assessment.

Unlike Pupil Premium Plus, adoption support funding is also available to children and young people who have been adopted from outside England and Wales, including overseas, and extends up to the age of 21. Also, if the child or young person concerned has an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) they may access the fund until they are 25. You, rather than your child’s school or college, will need to apply for this funding.

The charity first4adoption.org.uk has clear and comprehensive information about how adoption support funding works.  Their available therapies section of their website offers helpful suggestions for and definitions of therapies that can be paid for with the ASF.  

GOV.UK also has resources for adoption support funding, which you can view here.

Applying for Adoption support funding

If you are an adoptive parent living in Richmond and Kingston, your first point of contact to apply for this funding is the new regional adoption agency, Adopt London South. You can call them on 0207 525 4491  or email them at  postadoptionsupportals@southwark.gov.uk.

 If you are a Special Guardian living in Richmond or Kingston and you want to apply for Adoption Support funding, contact adoption support on 0208 547 4620 or by email at adoptionduty@achievingforchildren.org.uk  

For all enquiries across the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, you can get in touch the Adopt Thames Valley Permanence support team on 01865 323121 or by email at atv.permanencesupport@oxfordshire.gov.uk