The government has published a new guide for adopters to easily identify the support that they can access from their local authority for themselves and their child(ren). This coincides with research published recently, which outlines that access to adoption support varies across local authorities.
The information for adopters is available on the www.first4adoption.org.uk
The website sets out the support adopters could be eligible for, including:
- paid adoption leave at similar rates to maternity and paternity leave
- priority access to social housing, and access to additional support to cover a spare room whilst adopters wait for their child to arrive in their new home
- priority admission for school places, including academies and free schools
- a range of adoption support services, including access to counselling, information and advice for both adoptive parents and their children, who may have complex needs