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Adoption Support Fund has released over £52 million

Evaluation report notes parents’ high levels of satisfaction with support provided

The Department for Education has announced that over £52 million has now been released through the Adoption Support Fund, which has helped 22,000 children.

The Minister for Children and Families Robert Goodwill has also confirmed that a further £5 million will be invested in a number of innovative projects across the country, designed to improve families' experiences of adoption.

The Adoption Support Fund, launched across England in May 2015, pays for care that helps children to settle in with their adoptive families. This support can include:

The announcement comes as an independent report shows that parents allocated the ASF funded services believe access to the fund has improved their lives, including through improved child behaviour and mental health. Respondents were, in particular, satisfied with the type of support, 88% indicated feeling satisfied with this. One aspect where respondents reported higher levels of dissatisfaction was the timeliness of the support. Nearly one fifth (19%) reported to be dissatisfied to some extent with how quickly the support was going to start even though still more than two-thirds (72%) reported to be satisfied with how quickly they will receive support. In a follow-up survey parents reported high levels of satisfaction with all aspects of the support they had received.

For the DfE announcement, click here. For the report evaluating the Fund, click here.