Laura Sharman 18 October 2021

Charity calls for every adopted child to receive life-long support

Charity calls for every adopted child to receive life-long support image

The Government has been urged to make a ten-year commitment to the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) to provide long-term support for adoptive families.

Adoption UK argues that every new adopted child needs life-long support if families are to thrive.

The charity said that a third of adoptive parents told it that support accessed through the ASF had helped them to avoid a family breakdown.

It is calling for every adopted child to receive a thorough assessments before they move to their new family, leading to a detailed support plan that considers future and current needs.

Alison Woodhead, director of public affairs and communications at Adoption UK, said: 'For the third year running, 71% of adoptive parents have told us they face a continual struggle for support. All too often these families are being failed by a system which invests heavily in the placement of children for adoption, then fades into the background, often with terrible consequences.'

A recent report from the charity found adopted children are facing a mental health emergency as they are being ‘failed’ by a system that is not set up to meet their needs.

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