Firstly, I'm blogging in no other capacity than being me, my thoughts about the unfolding news in relation to the Adoption Support Fund.
Basically the remainder of the years fund has been rationed out due to unprecedented demand. Good or bad, it's happened and we have to work with what we've got.
People are hurt and worried and understandably so, the hope that they could gain access to therapeutic intervention that they may have fought hard for for years has potentially removed. Having hope removed is perhaps even worse then never having had hope to begin with.
For the last few days my Twitter feed has reflected a range of emotions from a lack of surprise and understandable incredulity at the news to pain, worry and concern. Some families having already being informed by their Post Adoption Teams that applications to the Fund have been stopped, professionals have messaged me to say that they'd been asked to slash their prices to duck under the fair access limit. Thread discussions have reflected the uncertainty that abounds.
On a few occasions I've stepped away from threads 140 characters are just not enough to share thoughts and views, sometimes saying nothing is better.
Like most I'm upset, it will have no impact on us as we've not made an application, regardless the heartache and uncertainty will impact many friends and families and I share their concerns.
Looking to the next financial year the size of the Fund increases. This will help but the question remains how do we try to ensure that the pot is spread fairly and appropriately or if that is even possible.
The cost of some of the therapy has been questioned* and of course as the fund moved into the future my thoughts are around value for money and effectiveness of the therapy has to be a consideration.
As a community we are being asked to air our views and thoughts on the 18th October I'm attending a meeting at the DfE to pass on specific and general views.
So, if you've thoughts, insights and ideas that you'd like to be passed on please share below in comments or on my Facebook Page here.
I've not said a lot but there's more to say, time will allow.
*rightly so, I believe that we need to guard against profiteering.
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