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Adoption support fund

Adoption support fund (ASF)

Not all parents and guardians are aware that they are eligible to apply for up to £5,000 per annum for each of their children to meet their therapeutic needs and/or the therapeutic needs of their family. An additional £2,500 is available to carry out a needs assessment. Although parents will need to apply for this funding themselves (see below) rather than through your school, the fund may provide valuable additional support to families and supplement or replace therapeutic interventions that you are paying for as a school. 

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. If the child or young person concerned has an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) they may access the fund until they are 25. 

FAQs about funding for Special Guardians can be found on the Family Rights Group website here

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

The adoptive parents of children in your school will need to apply directly to the local authority for this funding. If they live in Richmond and Kingston, their first point of contact is the new regional adoption agency, Adopt London South. They can call ALS on 0207 525 4491  or email them at  postadoptionsupportals@southwark.gov.uk.

If a Special Guardian living in Richmond or Kingston would like to apply for Adoption Support funding, please ask them to contact adoption support on 0208 547 4620 or by email at adoptionduty@achievingforchildren.org.uk  

For the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, parents can contact the Adopt Thames Valley Permanence support team on 01865 323121 or by email at ATV.PermanenceSupport@oxfordshire.gov.uk