PAC-UK and Adoption UK comment on the news that the Department for Education (DfE) has committed to £28 million of funding to the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) for 2017/18.
PAC-UK CEO Peter Sandiford and Adoption UK CEO Dr Sue Armstrong Brown give their comments on the DfE's 'Multi-million fund reaches record number of adoptive families' press release published earlier today.
The Minister is right to acknowledge the success of the Fund. It has supported many. However I think there is still work to do to ensure support is provided to all at the right time and at the right level throughout each family’s adoption or special guardianship journey. PAC-UK is committed to working with others to ensure a continuum of therapeutic support is available from peer consultation to specialist intervention.Peter Sandiford, PAC-UK CEO
Our charity advocated the establishment of the ASF, following a high-profile campaign for better post-adoption support. We’re delighted it is to continue following uncertainty over its future after the snap general election. The fund addresses a vital need, but much more needs to be done if we are to successfully work toward a future where families parenting some of the country’s most vulnerable children, receive timely and appropriate support on a lifelong basis.Dr Sue Armstrong Brown, Adoption UK CEO
Adoption UK's full press release can be viewed here.
Department for Education Resources
From: Department for Education and Robert Goodwill MP
Part of: Looked-after children and adoption
Published:2 August 2017
Press Release: Multi-million fund reaches record number of adoptive families
From: Department for Education
Published: 2 August 2017
Applies to: England
The Evaluation of the Adoption Support Fund
The Evaluation of the Adoption Support Fund Appendices