Thousands of families set to benefit from additional adoption support

Thousands of children in care are set to benefit from a stable family life following a £45 million boost to adoption services in a bid to help families adjust to their new lives together.

The multi-million-pound package forms part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to get more children out of the care system and will pay for an additional year of the landmark Adoption Support Fund.

It launched in 2015 and has expanded every year since with almost 50,000 families benefitting from its services.

The additional funding will help reduce the number of children waiting for a permanent home and look to strengthen relationships with their adoptive parents.

Many adopted children experience difficult and traumatic experiences before being adopted, which can prevent them from settling into their new home.

The Adoption Support Fund provides cognitive therapy, family support sessions and activities such as play and music to help children recover from earlier traumas, help enhance the attachment they feel to their new families and adjust to their new lives.

Sue Armstrong-Brown, Chief Executive of Adoption UK, said: “This is such a welcome vote of support for adoptive families in England. Most adopted children are living with the legacy of traumatic early childhoods, and have very complex needs.

“The Adoption Support Fund already has a fantastic track record of helping hold families in crisis together. This extra funding boost will allow more families to get the expert therapeutic support they need and deserve.

“We’re looking forward to working with the new government to support adopters from the day their child arrives home so that fewer families ever have to reach crisis point.”