April 2021 – September 2021
April 2021 – September 2021
The profiles below are representative of the type of children currently awaiting their forever homes.
These are not real children and all images are stock photos.
Catelyn is small for her age with wispy brown hair and beautiful blue eyes. She is a serious child who appears to be taking things in and thinking about how she will react, however, once she smiles her whole face lights up and she has a very cheeky grin.
Catelyn has a strong personality and knows what she likes and does not like. She likes attention from her carers and will give big smiles and “talk” to those who pay her attention. Her foster carers describe her as happier than expected given her complex needs and she will always great them with a big grin each morning and if they have been apart for any reason.
Catelyn was born with complex needs and although she has not currently got a diagnosis of her disabilities, Due to her complex health needs she requires a lot of intervention from her carers, including being fed through a naso-gastric tube, although this is likely to change in the future. Although Catelyn’s medical needs have slowed down her physical development, she is meeting all her cognitive milestones.
Catelyn can now sit whilst being supported, enjoys being cuddled and is beginning to roll over. She particularly enjoys lying alongside the foster carer’s dog. Since being in foster care Catelyn has thrived, she shows a strong attachment to her foster carers. Catelyn likes other children and enjoys being around the foster carer’s grandchildren.
Her foster carers describe Catelyn as being the same as any other child in relation to her behaviour and whether she is easily upset or not, she does not appear to have any additional needs or care requirements in this
Although at first glance Catelyn’s care needs might seem overwhelming, this little girl has a zest for life and a fierce spirit. All those that have met her have been awed by her sheer determination and will, this girl is going far, but she needs a family that see all of her (not just her medical needs) to help her achieve her potential.
N.B. Catelyn has significant medical needs, this has been hard to represent using stock images.
Jessie is a very, chatty, friendly and independent little girl, who knows her own mind and is not afraid to express herself, especially when she wants her own way. She likes to engage with other children and is very caring towards her younger sibling Alex, she has always lived with him and clearly identifies with him as her brother.
At bedtime she enjoys story time and enjoys ‘reading’ books to herself and looking at the pictures. Jessie has recently discovered the wonders of Disney Princesses and is particularly keen on the film Brave and dressing-up as Rapunzel.
Alex can be initially cautious when meeting new adults and presents as shy and quiet. Alex appears at these times to seek reassurance from his older sister Jessie, who will speak on his behalf at times if he is feeling shy. Alex is a friendly child who likes to engage with other children and demonstrates an ability to play with, as well as alongside, however at two years old he also has clear ideas about what and who he wants to play with. Alex can follow adults’ simple instructions at nursery and can play within a large group as well as on his own for short periods of time.
Jessie and Alex lived in a chaotic and unhealthy home where their basic, emotional and developmental needs were not being appropriately met. There were no routines and the older siblings were relied upon to address the younger children’s basic needs, this is also evidenced in the way Jessie sometimes ‘mothers’ Alex. Alex and Jessie experienced emotional harm through the impact of severe neglect.
Jessie and Alex have two older siblings who remain in foster, arrangements will be made for ongoing contact with older siblings. Both birth parents are reported as having a Global Intellectual Functioning estimated to be within the “Below Average” range. It is anticipated yearly Letterbox contact will be arranged with birth parents.
Jessie and Alex have a good level of general health, there are no concerns in this area. They are both reported to have good appetites and show willingness to try new foods. Alex’s language acquisition, fine and gross motor skills do show some areas of delay, this will continue to be monitored, he has been seen to make good progress since entering foster care.
Jessie and Alex need an adoptive family who can provide them with a safe and loving home. Due to Jessie and Alex’s individual needs they require a family who have patience, acceptance and understanding. Jessie and Alex require an adoptive family who can help them reach their potential.
Callum has made huge progress since being in care, he presents as polite, playful, observant and active. Callum enjoys imaginative play, especially dressing up as superheroes. Callum’s current favourite TV show is Paw Patrol. Initially Callum was very wary of physical contact, but will now accept hugs from his foster carer, and is starting to initiating them. Callum loves his little brother Kieran but he and Katie do squabble on occasion and show signs of normal sibling rivalry, although they can play well together.
The foster carer describes Katie as cheeky, feisty, loving, funny and tactile. Katie’s relationship with Callum has greatly improved in recent months although it remains complex. Katie and Kieran have a good relationship, she particularly enjoys playing schools with herself as the teacher and Kieran as the always enthusiastic pupil. Katie loves new experiences and exploring, she enjoys dancing as well as looking at books.
Being premature Kieran is still on the small side for his age. The full impact of Kieran’s premature birth is not yet known, but he is meeting milestones according to his chronological age and making good progress. Kieran adores his older siblings and follows them around. He particularly enjoys being outside and messy play.
Callum and Katie witnessed domestic violence with parents being emotionally unavailable, inconsistent, and unpredictable in their behaviour. This led to the neglect of the children as parent’s needs were prioritised. The home environment was extremely chaotic with many changes of address and carers. The children were exposed to parent’s poor mental health.
The children will require parents who are willing to gain the skills of therapeutic parenting and support the children to make sense of their past. Adoptive parents will require a solid support network to be able to fully meet the needs of these siblings.