Adoption Support Fund

The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) was set up in 2015 to help adoptive families across England access therapy services as and when they are needed in their child's life.

The eligibility criteria for the ASF has now broadened to allow more children to benefit from the funds available.

If you were granted Special Guardianship of a child, who was previously Looked After or have had an inter-country adoption, then you are potentially eligible for therapeutic support via the ASF. The fund is also now available to adopted children up to the age of 21.

The Brent Adoption and Permanency team would love to hear from you. We are happy to discuss how we can help, no matter what the issue.

In addition to providing access to the Adoption Support Fund; we have advice, support groups, trainings, social events, and other resources that we can offer.

Contact us to find out more.

Who is eligible for the Adoption Support Fund?

The fund is available to all children:

  • up to 21 years old (25 with a statement of special educational needs or education, health and care plan)
  • adopted from care and not just newly adopted children
  • adopted from care in England, or living in England having moved from care of another country (inter-country adoption)
  • special guardianship of a child, who was previously looked after.

The process for getting funding

Step 1: If your child was placed by us, contact our adoption team for an assessment of adoption support needs.

If your child was placed by another council, they are responsible for making the assessment for three years after the adoption order was granted. If three years have already passed then you should contact us.

Step 2: We will consider if therapeutic support is needed, what kind and if this can be paid for by the fund.

Step 3: We will work with you to look at the support that is available.

Step 4: We will apply directly to the Adoption Support Fund on your behalf.

Step 5: If approved, the Adoption Support Fund will transfer the money to us so we can buy the support on your behalf.

What the fund can be used for?

The fund will pay for therapeutic services that we don't currently provide.

These include:

  • therapeutic parenting courses
  • dyadic developmental psychotherapy
  • Theraplay
  • filial therapy
  • music therapy
  • art therapy
  • drama therapy
  • eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • sensory integration therapy
  • non-violent resistance training
  • extensive therapeutic life story work
  • CAMHS assessment, multidisciplinary assessment including education and health, cognitive and neuropsychological assessment, other mental health assessment.

It also includes therapies such as those mentioned above, when provided as part of a short break, course or package. Therapeutic work can be started from the time a child is placed with you, even if the Adoption Order has not yet been made.

Therapeutic support is also available where your adopted child is currently in foster care under a Section 20 order, but there is a possibility of the child being reunited with you.