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Adoption Support Fund: learning from the prototype

Research report

The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) was set up by the Department for Education (DfE) to provide funding to extend adoptive families’ access to therapy. The Colebrooke Centre for Evidence and Implementation was commissioned to undertake an implementation analysis of the prototype ASF.

The prototype ASF was tested in ten local authorities between June 2014 and May 2015, and the prototype period was used to refine key features and operating procedures of the ASF. Following an assessment of families’ needs, local authorities applied to the ASF for funding for therapeutic support. The services funded could be provided by the local authority adoption support service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), other public sector services, or by an independent sector provider.