Undoubtably, many parents are unaware of the funding and financial support available to them. Both as adopters or as parents of children with SEND.
Here are some of the main benefits and financial support systems. First4Adoption also has some great information about funding.
Adoption Support Fund
The fund pays 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 who 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. Presently, September 2018, this is £2,300 per child per year.
This funding was introduced to acknowledge and help close the gap between adopted children and their peers.
However, there can be confusion about how this money can be used in school. Also, about whether or not it can be 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
Early Years funding
Adoption leave and pay
Each employer has their own policy on adoption leave and pay. However, there are some legal rights that apply to everyone.
- 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 your placement
Employment Support Allowance
If you had to give up your job due to stress, health or, various other difficulties, you may be entitled to this benefit.
Thankfully, several wonderful charities help families to make happy memories by funding days out and holidays.