Adoption Support Fund

Department for Education written question – answered on 31st January 2022.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Shadow Minister (Business and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to rename the Adoption Support Fund, to make it clear that it is also available to special guardianship families.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) has had a significant and positive impact on the adoptive and special guardianship families that are able to access the important support it funds. Local authorities continue to promote the availability of the ASF to eligible families.

The department has worked with local authorities and voluntary sector organisations such as the Family Rights Group and Kinship, to promote the ASF amongst special guardians and we have seen an increase in the take up by these families over the past 2 years.

The department will be able to confirm more detailed plans for the ASF in due course but remains deeply committed to these families.

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