Support

Adoption Passports

A post adoption guide to what support and advice is available for you and your child. Visit First4Adoption [external link] for the range of services available from Darlington’s Family Placement Service.

Pupil Premium for Adopted Children

From April 2014, schools in England can receive the Pupil Premium for children adopted from care or who left care under a Special Guardianship (SGO) on or after 30 December 2005. Schools can also claim the Pupil Premium for children who left care under a Residence Order (RO) on or after 14 October 1991.

The Pupil Premium is available to help schools raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap with their peers. It is paid to schools in respect of disadvantaged pupils in Reception to Year 11. The Government has extended the coverage of the Pupil Premium in recognition of the traumatic experiences many adopted children have endured in their early lives and acknowledging that their needs do not change overnight.

To enable schools to claim the Pupil Premium Plus for adopted children, and those who are the subject of a SGO and RO, parents will need to inform the school and provide supporting evidence, for example, by showing the school a copy of the Adoption (Court) Order with sensitive information concealed, e.g. the names of the birth parents.

Max Card

Max Card [external link] enable looked after children to access culture in their own area by offering cardholders free or discounted entry to participating attractions across the North East. Eligible families will automatically receive their cards in April/May of each year.