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The Adoption Support Services (Local Authorities) (Wales) Regulations 2005

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3.  For the purposes of section 2(6) of the 2002 Act (definition of “adoption support services”), the following services are prescribed —

(a)financial support payable under regulation 11;

(b)services to enable groups of adoptive children, adoptive parents and natural parents of an adoptive child to discuss matters relating to adoption;

(c)assistance to adoptive children, adoptive parents, natural parents of an adoptive child and related persons in relation to arrangements for contact between an adoptive child and a natural parent or a related person of the adoptive child;

(d)services that may be provided to an adoptive family in relation to the therapeutic needs of an adoptive child;

(e)assistance for the purpose of ensuring the continuance of the relationship between the child and the child’s adoptive parent, including —

(i)training for adoptive parents for the purpose of meeting any special needs of the child; and

(ii)respite care; and

(f)assistance where disruption of an adoption placement has occurred or is in danger of occurring including —

(i)mediation; and

(ii)organising and holding meetings to discuss disruptions in adoption placements.

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