I am in the process of awaiting for Post Adoption Funding support to be granted, so that my 16 year old son with many complex needs can receive therapy. Whilst all of the red tape swirls and spins creating delays and confusion, I am left coping. This landscape has not changed in the 17 years that I have been an adoptive parent, my experiences and frustrations became my book ‘Loving Eric’ that catalogues our journey. ( Available on Amazon & shop link on front page!).
The regulations state that Post Adoption Funding is available for every adopted child until they are 21 yrs or 25 yrs with Education & Health Care Plan.
“The amount per child per year is capped at £5000 until March 2017 and then from 1st April 2017-31st March 2018 a further £5000 for therapy per child will be available (which can be in addition to any therapy funded in 2016-2017), as well as a separate amount of up to £2,500 per child if specialist assessments are needed. Therapy and assessment above this amount and up to a limit of £30,000 may be match funded by the local authority.” ( First 4 Adoption) .
This is potentially a significant amount of money! However the assessment of need process is unwieldy and builds in time delays. It is like prising a coin from a dead hand. It should not be this hard! These children deserve and are entitled to help and are entitled to receive therapy.
I am wondering what other peoples experiences have been with regards to getting funding and therapy? Has it improved with the new Regional Adoption Agencies? Do adopters feel more supported or supported