How we can help you using the Adoption Support Fund

The Department for Education confirmed that the Adoption Support Fund will continue into 2021-22. This is wonderful news and shows the government’s ongoing commitment to supporting those that leave care through adoption and special guardianship.

The government (Department for Education) has allocated £8 million from the Adoption Support Fund for adoptive families to meet needs arising from the coronavirus outbreak

We are using our share of the funding to pay for therapies to help adoptive and special guardian families in the south west region to cope in this uncertain time. We are offering you, as an adoptive family, emergency support including online counselling and couples therapy, virtual peer-to-peer support, access to helplines and much more from our providers.
To access the support that is right for you, please contact us through your Adopt South West worker in the usual way, or contact us at adoptsouthwestsupport@devon.gov.uk or through our online form or by calling 0345 155 1076 9.00am to 1.00pm Monday to Friday.
We offer a range of resources from sensory practical resources, information on regulating exercises and information, contact from schools, articles and books on anxiety behaviours.
  • There are specialist webinars through The Adopter Hub available (under Adopters > Webinars) – please get in touch for a login.
  • Some adopters are already accessing specialist support groups. If this is something your are interested in, please do get in touch.
  • Peer support (virtual) chat groups are happening and virtual adopter groups are running across the region.
  • Many adopters are already accessing support from a clinical psychologist. Contact us for more information if you feel you would benefit from this.
  • Trained social workers and family practitioners are available to offer support and advice through our advice and support line 0345 155 1076.
  • If you would like your child to have a place at school we can liaise with the virtual school in your area – so please do get in touch with us or speak to your social worker. If your child already has a EHCP in place, they will automatically be eligible to be considered for a school place. Virtual schools are in:
    Devon
    Plymouth
    Torbay
    Somerset
    If you require support with your child returning to school please do get in touch.
We have funding for family memberships that are available to adoptive families, please contact us in the usual way to get a login. We have funding for:
We have a list of therapeutic support providers to support families using the COVID-19 Adoption Support Fund (ASF) money. They include some excellent local individual providers services, and established providers such as The Consultancy, Barnardo’s and The Centre for FASD.
If you feel you need support, don’t hesitate to give us a call or contact us by adoptsouthwestsupport@devon.gov.uk or through our online form or by calling 0345 155 1076 9.00am to 1.00pm, Monday to Friday.
We can apply for Adopt Support Fund money to access the support that is right for you.