Support for adopters

The Adoption Passport – a guide to adoption support

Children adopted from care can have ongoing needs and you and your child may benefit from post-adoption support. Our Adoption Passport guides you through the services available to you.

Local Authorities provide a range of support services for adopters and their children. Every adopter is entitled to advice about these services, and you are entitled to an assessment of your needs at any time.


All adopters are also entitled to:

  • priority access to schools as well as choose which school best meets your child’s needs. (More information at school admissions and the school admissions code)
  • free early education for your child from the age of two
  • Early Years Pupil Premium – an additional £300 for every adopted 3 and 4 year old in early years education.
  • Pupil Premium – an additional £1900 for state-funded schools to help meet each adopted child’s educational needs.
  • a summary of your child’s health from your Local Authority’s medical adviser
  • a Life Story Book to help your child understand their early life
  • request an assessment of your child’s special educational needs

If you have adopted a child in England you may also be entitled to: