The Adoption Support Fund was set up in May 2015.
It requires all local authorities to work closely with families and assess the level of support they will need before an Adoption Order is made.
We will work with you to ensure that your family’s adoption needs will be met and the necessary support mechanisms will be in place post-adoption.
The funds will be available for children and young people aged 18 and under, who have been adopted from local authority care in England, or adopted from Wales but living in England.
The funds also apply to young people aged 25 and under, with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health & Care Plan.
If you choose to adopt with us, we will be responsible for the provision of adoption support services for three years.
After that, responsibility will transfer to the local authority where you live (if it is not Derby City Council).
Services may be provided by local authorities, independent providers including OFSTED, and NHS providers including Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services.
We will apply for the Adoption Support Fund on your behalf.
The funds will be released directly to us where the assessment identifies that therapeutic services would be beneficial to your family.
You can discuss the types of therapeutic services you need and which provider you would prefer with your assigned social worker.
Please be aware that the Adoption Support Fund does not cover services a local authority should already be providing.
For further information please visit the Adoption Support Fund website or telephone our Adoption Team on 01332 64 0880.