We welcome the report Investing in Families from the APPG on Adoption and Permanence and it’s clear statement that the Adoption Support Fund must be part of the support offer for adoptive and special guardianship families.
We work day in, day out, to improve support for kinship families – including special guardians – and we were pleased to contribute to the inquiry and to see that the voices and experiences of special guardians have shaped some very clear recommendations:
- the fund should be renamed to include special guardianship families
- there must be concerted effort to raise awareness about it among special guardianship families and social workers
- most importantly – the fund should be extended to support all children living under special guardianship order arrangements.
We know that this is only for special guardians, and we will continue to campaign for support for all kinship care families.