Helping families find the right support

The Support Gateway can help adoptive families and families with a special guardianship order (SGOs) find services that will help them to thrive.

Our Support Gateway helps parents and special guardians to identify their family’s needs, leading them to either a referral for one or more of our therapies, or directing them to more relevant support.


Families including adopted children or where there is a special guardianship order often find professional therapies really valuable in helping them thrive.

The Support Gateway draws on the expertise of a wide range of clinicians. This ensures that adoptive families and special guardians get the right type of help at the right time, safe in the knowledge that this is based on high-quality expertise.

Our therapies include:

  • art and music therapy
  • systemic family therapy
  • therapeutic parenting
  • non-violent resistance 
  • psychotherapy, including Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) informed interventions (based on an understanding of attachment and relationships, and the impact of developmental trauma)
"I feel such a sense of relief that you are understanding my child and how we are struggling."
Parent participating in the Support Gateway

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

Our therapies are funded by the Government’s Adoption Support Fund (ASF). This fund is for children placed for adoption from local authority care who live in England and are aged up to 21, or up to 25 if they have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).  Special guardians may also apply for ASF support.

Applying for the Support Gateway

If you are an adopter or a special guardian, please ask your local authority social worker to get in touch with us at or on 020 7520 0311. If you’re not sure who your local authority social worker is, you can contact us directly and we can point you to the right person.

If you are a social worker, please contact us at or call us on 020 7520 0311.

If you have any questions about our therapies, please email

 Further information can be found at: Adoption support fund (ASF) – GOV.UK