Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced emergency funding to support adoption agencies and adoptive families during the coronavirus pandemic.
Coinciding with National Adoption Week, the Government has today confirmed £6.5 million was provided to local authorities and adoption agencies to support adoptive families facing greater stress during the pandemic.
The Education Secretary also announced £2.8 million in funding for Voluntary Adoption Agencies to help them continue to recruit adopters and find families for children.
Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said:
“In these uncertain times emergency funding is vital in ensuring Barnardo’s and other voluntary adoption agencies can continue finding forever families for vulnerable children.
“However, we are concerned that the pandemic is likely to increase pressure on the care system, with our own foster services already facing a significant increase in demand.
“In the longer term we need a step change in support for children who cannot live with their birth families. This includes further support for children and their adoptive parents, support for relatives providing care, and better matching systems to ensure all children find the right family as soon as possible.
“The Government has already promised a review of the care system and this must now progress with urgency, so it can respond to any increase in demand as a result of the pandemic and help ensure more children in care achieve a positive future.”