Children cared for by Special Guardians may well have experienced serious difficulties that led to their placement and they might need additional help and support so that they can thrive.

The Adoption Support Fund pays for a range of therapeutic support for adopted children and their adoptive family and, since April 2016, for children cared for by Special Guardians who are eligible.

The Adoption Support Fund is available to those Special Guardians living in England who obtained a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) for a child aged 21 and younger (or 25 and younger if they have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan) who was looked after immediately before the SGO was granted.

 


FAQs about the Adoption Support Fund during the Coronavirus crisis

The Department for Education fully appreciates that families and the sector will have queries about the Adoption Support Fund given the current Coronavirus situation.

The Fund is operating business as usual at this moment in time. The Department has issued these frequently asked questions, which they hope you will find useful. The FAQs will be updated as necessary.


FAQs for Special Guardians on accessing the Adoption Support Fund



Template letter (1) to get an assessment

Template letter (2) to challenge the range of services that are available to Special Guardians NOT funded by the Adoption Support Fund

Template letter (3) to challenge the range of services that are available to Special Guardians funded by the Adoption Support Fund

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