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Additional support for adoptive families

by Sandra Issar

Adoptive families will have access to expanded support to meet some of the additional needs arising due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Regional adoption agency, Adoption in Merseyside (AiM), has received extra funding for therapeutic support for families whose adopted children may have already suffered trauma and be made more anxious owing to the uncertainty brought about by coronavirus.

It’s part of an £8 million fund which can be used by local authorities and regional adoption agencies to pay for activities such as virtual peer to peer support, access to helplines, couples therapy and online counselling, given the social distancing measures that have been brought in by the Government to protect the NHS and save lives.

The therapies available through the COVID-19 Adoption Support Fund will be delivered alongside those already offered by the Adoption Support Fund, providing extra support to meet the impact of COVID-19 on some adoptive families.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services in Knowsley, commented:

Many of us have seen changes in our daily lives as we practice social distancing and stay at home and for adoptive families, often still adjusting to their new environments, this may create additional strain. This funding will help provide much needed support for them and their families during these difficult times.”

Jenny Ness, Head of Service at Adoption in Merseyside, added:

We know the Adoption Support Fund is really important for our families so they can access the support they need. Each application is assessed by the professional team and we ensure the best treatment is provided. The COVID 19 Additional Support Fund will sit outside the current scope of funding to ensure we can provide additional support to our families during this difficult time.”

For more information and to access support please visit the AiM website: www.adoptioninmerseyside.co.uk