Many parents are unaware of the funding and financial support open to them as adopters or parents of children with SEND. Here are some of the main benefits and financial support systems which you may be able to tap in to. First4Adoption also has some great information about funding.
Adoption Support Fund
The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) provides funds to local authorities (LAs) and regional adoption agencies (RAAs) to pay for essential therapeutic services for eligible adoptive and special guardianship order (SGO) families. This is the main source of funding to support adopted children and their families.
Many children and young people with additional needs are eligible for Disability Living Allowance (DLA). It may help with the extra costs of looking after a child who:
- is under 16
- has difficulties walking or needs much more looking after than a child of the same age who doesn’t have a disability
Here is more general guidance:
- Disability Living Allowance for children
- DLA for children – claim form
- Guidance on claiming DLA for children
All children adopted from care are entitled to receive Pupil Premium Plus funding, which from September 2018 is £2,300 per year. This funding was introduced to acknowledge and help close the gap between adopted children and their peers. There is often confusion about how this money can be used in school and whether it is ring-fenced for your child. Schools must publish, on their websites, how all their Pupil Premium grant money is spent.
- Pupil Premium – Conditions of Grant
- House of Commons briefing on the Pupil Premium
- Pupil Premium Plus – Guidance
- Pupil Premium – Use and Accountability
Adoption leave and pay
Each employer has their own policy on adoption leave and pay but there are some legal rights which apply to every employer.
- Adoption pay and leave – your rights
- Adoption pay and leave – a quick guide
- The Money Advice Service on adoption pay and leave – and what to do if you have problems with your employer
- Working Families also talk about what happens if the there’s a problem with the placement
Employment Support Allowance
If you have had to give up your job due to stress or health reasons, or for various other difficulties, you may be entitled to this benefit.
Several wonderful charities help families to make happy memories by funding days out and holidays.
Check your entitlement