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A new £19.3m Government fund will give children adopted from care, who may have been victims of abuse or neglect, the opportunity to live “stable and fulfilling” childhoods.
The Adoption Support Fund, revealed this morning by Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson at the Children and Young People conference, will by pay for a variety of therapeutic services in order to help youngsters recover from previous “terrible experiences” while bonding with their new families.
Making his announcement, Mr Timpson said: “We know that children adopted from care have often lived through terrible experiences which do not just simply disappear once they have settled with their new families.
“The Adoption Support Fund will provide adoptive families with the right support – from cognitive therapy to music and play therapy and attachment based therapy – to ensure that these children have a stable and fulfilling childhood – a fundamental right for every child, no matter what their starting point in life.”
The fund, which has been dubbed a “lifeline” by Prime Minister David Cameron, will be launched on a trial basis before being rolled out nationally in 2015. It is part of the Government’s Supporting to Adopt initiative, which aims to support adoptive parents through the whole adoption process.
Welcoming today’s announcement, Hugh Thornbery, chief executive of Adoption UK, said: “We believe that the Government’s commitment to providing funding for adoption support has the potential to be the most influential advance so far in improving today’s adoption system. With the majority of children currently waiting in care for adoption coming from a traumatised background, this momentous development provides the foundation on which a successful adoption system can be built.
“We know that this will be warmly welcomed by our members who have been instrumental in letting us know what is needed and we anticipate that it will be hugely valuable in recruiting more adopters for all those children still waiting to be placed with the right family.”