Aspire work closely with a number of local authorities in association with The Adoption Support Fund. The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) is a new fund established in May 2015 to help pay for essential therapy services for adoptive families as and when they need it. It has been set up because many families need some kind of support during and following adoption and too many have struggled to get the help they need in the past. The ASF will enable adoptive families to access the services they need more easily in future.
Aspire works with the adoptive family and their social worker to develop a person/family centred package of care. We are able to provide support to adoptive children and young people, alongside their families, to achieve:
- Improved relationships with friends, family members, teachers and school staff
- Improved engagement with learning
- Improved emotional regulation and behaviour management
- Improved confidence and ability to enjoy a positive family life and social relationships
Aspire can provide a range of services outlined by the ASF including:
- Training for adoptive parents
Therapeutic parenting courses, for example, or the secure base/safebase parenting programme
- Further, more complex assessment where required
CAMHS assessment, multidisciplinary assessment including education and health, cognitive and neuropsychological assessment, other mental health assessment
- Attachment therapy
- Solution Focussed brief therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for the child
- Systemic Family Therapy
- Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.
Integrative method of psychotherapy developed for the treatment of children and young people who manifest serious psychological problems associated with complex trauma and serious failure to establish secure patterns of attachment.
- Interactive play
Between child/young person and parent to strengthen the parent/child attachment. Sessions guided by a therapist.
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Psychological treatment method which stimulates the brain to reduce intensity of distressing memories, for example a therapist asking a child to move their eyes from left to right to stimulate blocked information.
Who qualifies to use the fund?
The Fund is available for children living in England up to and including the age of 21 (or 25 with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health & Care Plan) who:
- are adopted and were previously in local authority care in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
- are adopted from overseas.
- are subject to a Special Guardianship Order.