Back in 2001 we got a settling in payment, I think it was a couple of hundred pounds. I don't think it was means tested? I'm not sure if these are still being paid. I think they were one thing taken away to save money. It is worth asking.
Seven years ago we had a non means tested placement grant.
It was around �200 I think for 2 children, plus new car seats. we had to provide receipts. They also paid mileage during introductions. I think that if we'd had to stay away from home for intros they would have paid accommodation.
We received a non-means tested settling in grant of Â£750. Well we've sent off the form and are waiting for it to appear in our bank.
There is also a postadoption allowance which we're approved for in theory, but it's means tested. I think that's around whether a child is considered 'straightforward' or not and is meant to pay for anything additional they may need.
We're adopting from another la so I imagine we'll get accommodation paid for etc but I don't want to sound greedy. ....who do I ask and when? or should I ask our s worker too? Slightly off subject but when we were on our course a lady was insistent that merlin gave free annual passes to adoptive families. everything she was going to do, bonding etc revolved around this! I gave this look quite often
We received a settling in grant of up to 750 per child, which we had to submit receipts for. We spent the full amount. It was not means tested.
Funnily enough we had our LAC review today and there was some surprise from the review person that we were not receiving any sort of ongoing payments while we have not officially adopted the little ones. The social worker said that they don't do it unless there are significant disabilities and even then it would be means tested which means we wouldn't get anything.
It strikes me as a bit rubbish really when you consider how much it costs them to keep a child in foster care that we aren't entitled to any financial support.