Support Gateway

The Support Gateway can help adoptive families and people with a special guardianship order (SGOs) find the services that will best support them

Sometimes, families including adopted children or where there is a special guardianship order in place, can benefit greatly from professional therapeutic intervention. The Support Gateway supports parents and special guardians to identify their family's needs, which may lead to them being referred to Coram's own therapeutic support, or being signposted to other services.

Coram's Adoption Support GatewayCoram therapies include:

  • art and music therapy,
  • mentalisation-based therapy,
  • systemic family therapy,
  • therapeutic parenting,
  • non violent resistance (NVR),
  • trauma-focused CBT.

"I feel such a sense of relief that you are understanding my child and how we are struggling" – parent participating in the Support Gateway

By incorporating expertise from a wide range of clinicians, the Support Gateway ensures that adoptive families and special guardians get the right type of help at the right time, with full clinical assurance and in settings where they feel supported.

How to apply for the Support Gateway

If you are an adopter or a special guardian, please contact your local authority social worker and ask them to get in touch with us at or 020 7520 0311 (Monday to Friday, 9:00 – 17:00). If you are unsure of who your local authority social worker is, you can contact us directly and we can help signpost you to the right person to talk to.

If you are a social worker, please contact us at or call us on 020 7520 0311 (Monday to Friday, 9:00 – 17:00).

Do families have to pay for therapies received via the Support Gateway?

Therapies are provided by Coram via the Adoption Support Fund (ASF). The ASF is for children placed for adoption and adopters from local authority care in the UK, who live in England and are aged up to 21, or 25 if they have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Special guardians may also apply for the ASF.

You can find out more about the ASF here or call our Adoption Support Helpline 020 7520 0383 or email



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