The government will spend more money on supporting families with adopted children this year, but it will not proceed with plans to guarantee that children who have been trafficked are given an independent advocate.
These were among major announcements in a busy festive period for the government, which alsopresented immediate reforms to special guardianship orders, while the Prime Minister pressed ahead with plans for independent trusts to take over failing children’s services.
The Adoption Support Fund, which began on 1 May 2015 and helps authorities pay for therapeutic support for families who have adopted children, will be increased in 2016 from the £19m-plus provided by the government in its first year, Adoption UK said.
The Department for Education is expected to make an announcement early this year on how much the new funding will be worth.
Hugh Thornbery, chief executive of Adoption UK, said: “Last year’s funding for the ASF has proved to be a life-line for many adopters struggling to secure the therapeutic support needed for their children. The continuation of this funding is recognition that there is still more to do, so I’m sure many adopters will be encouraged by this new allocation.”
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10th Jan 2016 / By James Tetley