Extra funding for adoption services

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An extra £2m is going to provide services for adopted children and their families

New funding is to be made available to help adopted children settle in with their new families, the Government has announced.

The money will go towards providing services such as behavioural therapy, play and music therapy and family support sessions, according to the Department for Education (DfE).

It said that these types of services can help adopted youngsters deal with issues and bond with their new families.

Around £2 million in total is to be handed to ten local councils across England to pilot the new Adoption Support Fund which will be used to give adoptive families access to therapy sessons, the DfE said.

Following the pilot, a further £19.3 million will be available next year to roll out the Fund nationally, the Department added.

Children's minister Edward Timpson, who grew up with two adopted brothers, said: "I know from my own personal experience that some children adopted from care will have been through terrible ordeals which do not just simply disappear once they have settled with their new families.

"We want all adoptive families to know help is there for them and their new child every step of the way. The Adoption Support Fund will help ensure the families in most need are able to access crucial services when they need them."

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