The UK’s leading charity for adoptive families has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will extend the Adoption Support Fund for a further year, providing life changing support for adopters and their children.
Recent research by Adoption UK found that around a third of adopted parents have been experiencing an increase in violence and aggression from their child since the pandemic took hold.
Adopted children are among the most complex and vulnerable in society, with three-quarters having suffered serious neglect or abuse in their early lives, with lasting impact on relationships, health and learning. These children can require intensive therapy and long-term support to help them thrive.
Adoption UK’s chief executive Dr Sue Armstrong Brown said:
This is another 12 months oxygen for adoptive and kinship families who need help to live with the impacts of early childhood trauma. We are delighted that the Government has listened to families and saved the fund for another year. In these challenging and uncertain times, vulnerable families need help more than ever.
Adoptive parent Kathryn said therapy accessed via the fund for her children has had a transformative effect on her family. Kathryn said:
We deal with extreme violence in the home on a regular basis because of my child’s trauma, but the ASF gave us the capacity to keep going. We don’t know where we’d be without it.
Nine-in-ten adopters have told Adoption UK that the support paid for by the fund has been helpful, and a third say it has helped them avoid a family breakdown. However, the fact that the funding has only been guaranteed for a year means that the therapy the ASF provides is not secure.
Image credit: Adoption UK – Dr Sue Armstrong Brown