Adoption Support Fund

The Adoption Support Fund ASF will be available for children up to and including the age of 21 (or 25 with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health & Care Plan) who have been adopted from local authority care in England, or adopted from Wales but living in England.

It is available for children living in England who were adopted from other countries (including Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) to use the ASF. The ASF is also available to support special guardians who care for children who were previously looked after.

To access the ASF, you will need to have had an assessment of your families’ adoption support needs by the local authority. This is a current legal obligation of all local authorities. Where the social worker identifies that therapeutic services would be beneficial to your family, they will apply to the ASF on your behalf, and if agreed the funding will be released to the local authority.

The Adoption Support Fund – the First Year is a guide that includes information for parents about how to access the fund as well as examples of how it has worked well. The guide is designed to help parents understand what the Fund is, what it will pay for and how they can apply.

Get in touch with the Permanence Support Team for more information

Firs4Adoption provide more useful information on the adoption support fund and the eligibility criteria.