Financial support for adoptive families
An Adoption Support Fund has been launched to help adoptive families access support.
The fund, worth £19.3 million has been established by the Government to help adoptive families access support and settle into their new lives following adoption.
It will pay for therapeutic services, such as cognitive therapy, play and music therapy and intensive family support - helping children to recover from their previous experiences and bond with their new adoptive families.
The fund is available for children up to and including the age of 18 (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.
As part of it, Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption Support Service will offer a range of family support and therapies including Creative Therapies (art therapy and music therapy) to children who have been assessed to have a need.
HOW TO ACCESS THE FUND
You will need to have an assessment of your families' adoption support needs by CCA. Where the assessment identifies that therapeutic services would be beneficial to your family, CCA will apply to the fund on your behalf, who will then release funding.
He is using the sessions to explore emotions and feelings and how they apply and change in different situations. He is developing creative imagination and play which can be useful in improving relationships and communication.
- Creative therapist working with an adopted boy experiencing violent nightmares and negative thoughts