Adoption Support Fund

The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) provides us with funding to pay for essential therapeutic services for eligible adoptive families.


The Adoption Fund is available for children who live in England up to and including the age of 21 (or 25 with a statement of special educational needs or an education health and care plan) who:

  • are adopted and were previously in local authority care in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • are adopted from overseas.
  • are under a child arrangements order (CAO) to enable the assessment of a potential special guardian, while the CAO is in force.
  • are subject to a Special Guardianship Order and were previously in care.

Get an assessment

To access the fund, we'll need to assess your family's adoption support needs.

To request an assessment, you can email us at or call 03000 422373.

What happens next

If, through our assessment, we decide that therapeutic services would be beneficial to your family, we will apply for funding on your behalf.

Once the funding has been received , we'll speak to you about who can provide the support you need and which provider you would prefer.

For more information, check the list of frequently asked questions on the First4Adoption website.