We do still need adoptive parents for younger children but as a high percentage of prospective adopters would prefer to be matched with a child as young as possible it is really important to be aware that in recent times numbers of younger children have reduced but we do need to find permanent families for other children who have often been waiting too long
Here are some anonymised versions of real children who may need adoptive families:
Tommy aged 6 needs a family that are prepared to maintain contact between Tommy and his birth sibling, who is placed in a separate adoptive placement. Tommy is a fun loving, kind and popular young boy. He is very creative and enjoys playing outdoors.
Tommy came into care in January 2014, following a history of neglect. Tommy has thrived in his foster placement and his speech and language skills are improving. Placed with the right family, Tommy will hopefully continue to thrive.
Aiden and Isabelle, aged 3 and 4 are siblings who have a close relationship and have always lived together. Isabelle is very protective of her younger brother and often acts older than her years. She is very self-reliant and does not turn to adults to meet her care needs. Aiden and Isabelle have a younger half sibling aged 12months, who is placed with paternal family members. All three children have witnessed domestic violence in the home and needs somebody who understands the impact of witnessing early traumatic experiences.
Isaac aged 14 months- Isaac is a sociable and happy baby who is very responsive to his current carers. Isaac’s birth mother is known to have used substances during her pregnancy and as a result her lifestyle was very chaotic during Isaac’s early life. Although Isaac is meeting his developmental milestones, there is uncertainty for the future, given his young age, his early life experience and the unknown identity of Isaac’s birth father.
Charlotte age 2 and ½- Charlotte has an identified genetic condition that may lead to additional educational needs in the future. Her birth mother also displays learning difficulties due to this condition. She is delightful little girl, who loves interacting with everybody around her and is meeting all of her current milestones. Charlotte needs a family who have the resilience to deal with the uncertainly around her future development and who do not have unrealistic expectations for her.
Jack aged 3 became looked after following an unexplained non-accidental injury. Jack is described as a quiet little boy who has a tendency to play on his own. Jack needs a safe, loving environment and parents who are patient and attentive towards him. Prior to moving to foster care, Jack was often left in the care of unsuitable adults and had moved several times. Jack has settled well in his placement and is starting to form an attachment with his foster carers. He is now responding well to routine and structure. Although a placement order has been granted, it is anticipated that Jack’s birth mother will oppose to an adoption order.