Inter-agency adoption fee: grant for local authorities
How and when local authorities can claim a refund for the inter-agency fee.
Local authorities can decide to place a child with an adoptive family that was assessed and approved by a different adoption agency (this can be a local authority or voluntary adoption agency (VAA)). In these cases, the agency will charge a fee to cover the costs of recruiting, assessing and approving the adopters. This fee is called the inter-agency fee.
VAAs are organisations that recruit, approve and support people interested in adopting a child. Unlike local authorities, they don’t have children in their care.
Inter-agency adoption fee grant
The Department for Education (DfE) has a £30 million scheme to reimburse the money local authorities spend on inter-agency fees for the following categories of ‘hard-to-place’ children:
- children who waited 18 months or longer to be placed with a family
- children who are aged 5 or older at the time they are placed with a family
- children who are in a sibling group of 2 or more children, and are placed with a family as siblings
- black or minority ethnic children (use the definition for ‘black or minority ethnic children’ that you use when you submit data to the Adoption Leadership Board every quarter)
- disabled children (use the definition of ‘disabled children’ that you use when you submit data to the Adoption Leadership Board every quarter)
The scheme will run for placements local authorities make between 8 July 2015 and 31 July 2016.
Amount of the inter-agency fee grant
You’ll get the following amount of funding when you submit a valid claim:
- £27,000 for placing 1 child
- £43,000 for placing 2 siblings in 1 adoptive family
- £60,000 for placing 3 siblings in 1 adoptive family
- £68,000 for placing 4 siblings in 1 adoptive family
- £80,000 for placing 5 or more siblings in 1 adoptive family
These amounts match the national inter-agency fee.
If you make an inter-agency placement through a scheme or agency that charges more than the national rate, you will have to cover the extra costs.
Submit a claim for the inter-agency fee grant
You should submit claims every quarter at the same time that you submit data to the Adoption Leadership Board. This is the data that the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAAs) asks you to submit at the beginning of each quarter.
To submit a claim, you need to complete and sign the evidence sheet and email it to us.
Inter-agency fee grant claims
Make sure you state the date on which you placed the child with their new family. We will check that your claim is valid before we send you the payment.
How to spend the inter-agency fee grant
This grant should encourage you to consider all possible matches across the whole country for children who are hard to place with a family.
Published: 16 September 2015
From: Department for Education