Support after adoption

Adoption Support Fund

The Adoption Support Fund helps adoptive families settle their children into their new home. It helps pay for specific therapy services for adoptive families, as and when they need it.

Many adopted children have experienced difficult and traumatic experiences, which can prevent them from settling into their new home and can create difficulties at particular stages, such as adolescence.

Services such as behavioural therapy, play and music therapy, and family support sessions can help children come to terms with their difficulties - giving them the confidence to build strong relationships with their new family.

As an adoptive parent, you can use the fund to pay for these services. It is not available to special guardians.

The Adoption Support Fund is for children up to and including the age of 18, or up to the age of 25 for young people with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health and Care Plan.

Go to First4Adoption: Adoption Support Fund to find out more.

How to access the fund

To access the fund, you must ask us to assess your family's adoption support needs. If the assessment finds that therapeutic services would benefit your family, we will apply to the Adoption Support Fund on your behalf.

When funding has been released to us, we will talk to you about:

  • who can provide the types of service you need
  • which provider you would prefer to use

Services can be provided by:

  • the council
  • NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • voluntary organisations
  • private companies

Contact us if you would like us to assess your adoption support needs.

Adoption team

: 0800 652 1271 (freephone)

: adoption@thurrock.gov.uk