The Children

Who are the children?

In most cases children needing adoption are already in care and placed with a foster carer until they can be placed with an adoptive family. There are babies, toddlers, sibling groups and older children who need to be adopted. We welcome applications from people who could care for children with specific medical needs or needs arising from physical or learning difficulties.

Many of these children have been abused or neglected. Most will not have received the love and stimulation they need, so finding a family who can offer the time, patience and commitment to help them adjust to a secure family life is the ultimate aim for our teams.

Every child waiting for adoption has different needs, experiences and background, so in turn we encourage a wide variety of prospective adopters to come forward from all backgrounds/walks of life to match these needs as closely as possible.

The children profiled below are not real examples, but are typical of the type of children waiting to be adopted in our areas.

Jonny and Billy

Jonny and Billy are full siblings and came in to care only a few months ago, due to emotional abuse and neglect.

Whilst at home neither brother received stimulation and had few toys to play with. However, since coming in to care their carer states that both Jonny and Billy have learnt how to play with toys and children. They enjoy being outside, Jonny loves bouncing on the trampoline and will give impromptu renditions of the “Gangnam Style” dance. Billy loves hanging out in the Wendy house in the back garden and trying all of the outside toys one at a time……. at speed. All this activity ends in a good nights sleep for both Jonny and Billy.

Before coming in to care Jonny was having difficulties at school, but he has since had an eye test. This indicated that, Jonny is extremely long sighted. He now wears glasses to correct this. Recently he was given an award for most improved behaviour in the whole school and he is now making progress with his learning.

Both Jonny and Billy have some speech and language delay, again this has improved greatly, as they have been able to receive speech and language therapy.

Billy enjoys attending groups at the local children’s centre and gets on well with other children.  However, he can be over friendly with adults that visit the foster home, but is responding well to clear boundaries. Billy is a sociable little boy, who likes to be on the go. He has very good self help skills for his age, for example, he is able to take his red wellies off and put them back on without help.

Jonny and Billy both have good appetites and are willing to try new foods. However they both have their favourite food, Jonny’s being pasta and tomato sauce – while Billy says his is “crumpets with jam”, not butter, with jam J

Ethnic and cultural descent: White British

Family needed: A one or two parent who can meet and support their emotional needs both now and in the future.

Contact plans: Yearly letterbox contact with birth family will help Jonny and Billy understand their background and promote their identity.

Legal Status: Full care order and placement order

As Yet Untitled

The unborn baby’s mother came to the attention of health visitors late into her pregnancy at 35 weeks pregnant. Mother is a drug user and leads a chaotic lifestyle with no stable home. Little is known about birth mothers pregnancy other than no prenatal care accessed until recently. The identity of the father is unknown.

Birth mother has two children previously removed from her care and who have since been adopted. This family are not in a position to care for this child, but some form of contact will be expected between the two families to enable siblings to have contact with each other.

We would expect that the unborn baby is likely to experience drug withdrawal and any carers identified will need to make daily visits to the hospital until unborn can be released into their care.

There is a great deal of uncertainty regarding the future needs and development, so any potential adopters will need to be able to manage this uncertainty, particularly with regard to health issues.

Ethnic and cultural descent: Mother Romanian, father unknown

Family needed: Early permanence carers willing to take on the uncertainties of the baby’s experiences in-utero

Contact plans: 3x week direct contact with birth mother until court decision is made, and some form of contact with adopted siblings.

Legal Status: Full care order

Leighton

Leighton has been with his carers since December 2015. Prior to this he lived with his birth parents, both at home and in a mother and baby foster placement. He has experienced neglect and has witnessed domestic violence. Leighton’s carers are very fond of him and describe him as an intelligent boy who is making progress in all areas, including speech.

He was quite self-sufficient and cautious of adults at first, however he is now able to ask for cuddles and seek comfort. He is particularly fond of his male carer and loves snuggling up to him to watch television or read a book.

Leighton is enthusiastic about trains. He is an extremely active boy, his favourite activity is spending time in the garden jumping on the trampoline, splashing in puddles, playing football or riding his toy truck.

Leighton eats well. Although he is mainly exposed to English food, he is familiar with Nigerian foods. He sleeps through the night and there are no current concerns regarding his health or development.

Ethnic and cultural descent: White British and Nigerian

Family needed: Leighton needs an adoptive family who reflect his ethnic and cultural heritage or who can positively promote his identity.  Leighton’s mother is Christian Orthodox and has expressed her wish for him to be raised in her religion.

Contact plans: annual indirect contact with maternal and paternal families

Legal Status: Full care order and placement order

Keira

Keira’s carers describe her as having a ‘really great personality.’ She is generally happy and smiley and loves to be tickled.

Keira is developing really well and making good progress. However due to her birth complications, there is an element of uncertainty about her future development. She is mobile, pulling herself up and enjoys playing with her toys. She is making sounds and is a very happy little girl. She enjoys cuddles and physical contact and enjoys the attention of her foster carers.

Keira was born prematurely at 36 weeks gestation. There were some complications due to starvation of oxygen at birth and as a result, Keira has suffered some brain damage. Keira remained in the Special Care Baby Unit until she was six weeks old. Following a very short time in a mother and baby foster placement, Keira moved to foster care and has now been with her current carers from the age of 2 months and has formed good attachments with them both.

Keira is unable to live at home due to her birth mother’s learning disability and concerns about neglect.

 

Ethnic and cultural descent: White British

Family needed: Keira needs an adoptive family who can manage the uncertainty about her future development.

Contact plans: Annual Indirect letterbox contact with birth mother, birth father and half-sister

Legal Status: Full care order and placement order

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