Adoption Support 


Adoption Support Fund

What is the Adoption Support Fund (ASF)?

On 24th January 2013, the Department for Education (DfE) published their report ‘Further Action on Adoption: Finding more loving homes’, setting out their proposals to attract adopters and improve the support available to adoptive families. This led to the implementation of the Prototype Adoption Support Fund in December 2013 which has been working with ten Local Authorities to generate sustainable improvement to the assessment and provision of appropriate therapeutic support to adoptive families. Now with a simplified application process and refined funding criteria the Adoption Support Fund was opened to all 152 Local Authorities in England on 1st May 2015. Parents and Local Authorities are encouraged to make applications for funding to provide post-adoption therapeutic support.

How you refer

Referrals for our ASF service can be made by the child’s Local Authority. The Link offers a multidisciplinary approach where the views of professionals involved and all family members are taken into account. Once a referral is received by our team, and we are the most appropriate service to provide support, Information is sought around family structure, history and presenting problems post adoption. A proposal is then drawn up in partnership with the therapist, the Local Authority and the family as to the most relevant form of support. Recommendations along with costings to are submitted to the Adoption Support Fund by the Local Authority and once funding approval is received, work can begin!

What We Offer

  • DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy)
  • Art Psychotherapy
  • Integrative Psychotherapy
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) - This includes Trauma Focused CBT
  • Psychological Assessment 


“Therapists from The Link CIC have been providing therapeutic interventions to adoptive families, being supported by Together For Children Adoption Sunderland, for 2.5 years. Some of the interventions, including DDP and Art Therapy, have been on-going for some time. The therapists have provided consistent well planned interventions. The feedback from children and families is positive in terms of the professional relationships they have developed with the therapists and the outcomes of the interventions. The therapists have shown a commitment to families and have had a positive approach in terms of adoption related issues. This Agency looks forward to having a continued engagement with The Link CIC, particularly with their new therapies, including trauma focused CBT and EMDR.”- Kathryn McCabe, Together for Children, Sunderland, Lead Manager Fostering and Adoption (October 2017)