The Children featured in the Mirror

During National Adoption Week 2016 we worked with the Daily Mirror to find families for some of the thousands of children waiting to be adopted in England. Although National Adoption Week is over the search continues. If you can help these children find their forever families please get in touch.

Daisy loves life and everyone she meets – she just needs a family to love her back

DaisyAt 14 months, Daisy is a happy, smiley little girl with blonde hair and blue eyes. She is very petite, wears 3-6 month clothes, and is steadily gaining weight. Daisy can turn over, push herself along the floor babble and say dada. She can clap hands, blow kisses and will do a ‘high 5’. Daisy was born four weeks premature with no heartbeat, she had to be resuscitated. There is uncertainty about Daisy’s development as a brain scan shows some damage which adds to the potential for developmental delay, so her progress and future needs are uncertain.

Daisy laughs a lot and happily engages with people she recognises, she reciprocates lots of hugs and kisses and can be mischievous, giggling when told ‘no’. Her carers describe her as a joy and very rewarding.

Daisy needs a family where she will be the youngest child, with a parent (or one of a couple) able to be at home and offer the long-term care she may require, accepting of the uncertainty about her development and who will celebrate all her achievements. We are particularly interested in hearing from approved adopters or those in the assessment process.

If you think you could offer Daisy the family she needs please get in touch. You can speak with our advisers on 0300 222 0022, 10am – 6pm Monday-Friday or you can email helpdesk@first4adoption.org.uk

Help bring stability and love to the lives of these two siblings

Sovereign and Ezequiel

Sovereign and Ezekiel are siblings of Black Caribbean origin, though their adoptive family could be of a different ethnic background as long as they are able to understand and respond to the children’s needs in this respect.

Sovereign is six years old, loves princesses, dancing, puppies and singing. She enjoys school, can be a little shy at first but is also chatty and inquisitive with a thirst for knowledge. She has no additional needs and makes good relationships with other children and with the adults who care for her.

Ezekiel is a bright and bubbly 4 year old, a happy child who loves to laugh and play with friends and with his sister and carers. He enjoys nursery although he sometimes struggles with making full sentences, and he has some development delay though he is making progress currently. There is also some uncertainty about his future mobility, though he can walk, jump, sit and stand and this is being kept under review.
In order to find a home for the children as quickly as possible, we are prioritising enquiries from potential adopters who can keep Sovereign and Ezekiel together. In order to best meet their needs, they should be the only children in the family or the youngest by several years. We are particularly interested in hearing from approved adopters or those in the assessment process.

If you think you could offer Sovereign & Ezekiel the family they need please get in touch with our advisers on 0300 222 0022 (10am – 6pm Monday-Friday) or email helpdesk@first4adoption.org.uk

Can you give Alex a home for good?

alexAlex is nearly 3 years old and has been with his current foster carers for 18 months. He is a lovely happy boy with a great personality. He enjoys music and dancing and attending his nursery.

He has global developmental delay and epilepsy, though with medication his seizures are less frequent & occur most often when he is eating. He has poor attention span so finds it difficult to engage with books or TV. He has nystagmus, an eye condition that affects vision and balance, and he wears a soft helmet for head protection in case of falls, and boots and shoes providing ankle support. He has no speech, babbles sometimes, and communicates by clapping. He sleeps through the night or if he wakes, plays happily on his own. He has very complex health needs and will need a family that can accept and meet these long term, including need for constant supervision. He responds well to attention and can form attachments and relationships.

In order to find a home for a Alex as quickly as possible, we are prioritising enquiries from potential adopters who have specific skills and experience. We are particularly interested in hearing from approved adopters or those in the assessment process. Alex would need to be the youngest or only child in his new family.

If you think you fit this description and could offer Alex the family he needs please get in touch with our advisers on 0300 222 0022 (10am – 6pm Monday-Friday) or email helpdesk@first4adoption.org.uk

Help keep these siblings together by giving them a loving family

Autumyn, George and Harrison are siblings who have been in care for a year.

Autumyn is 5 years old. She is a delightful and chatty girl. There are no concerns with her development as she is meeting all age appropriate milestones. Autumyn’s hearing has improved now she has grommets, and she wears glasses and has an eye patch to correct a squint, which is kept under review.

George is a quiet 4 year old boy who presents as a bit bit ‘lost’ in the sibling group between his chatty older sister and toddler brother. There is concern that he has failed to meet some developmental milestones. Although he is progressing slowly it’s unclear how much he may catch up. He has grommets similar to his sister, for glue ear, and also glasses for a squint.

Harrison, at 1 year old, is in a good routine and there are no concerns in respect of his health or development & no ongoing medical issues.

In order to find a home for the children as quickly as possible, we are prioritising enquiries from potential adopters who have the capacity to keep the children together and meet all of their needs, where they can be the only children in the family or the youngest by several years. They cannot be placed in a dog-owning family. We are particularly interested in hearing from approved adopters or those in the assessment process.

If you think you fit this description and could offer Autumyn, George & Harrison the family they need please get in touch with our advisers on 0300 222 0022 (10am – 6pm Monday-Friday) or email helpdesk@first4adoption.org.uk

Could you be Alfie’s ‘forever family’?

alfie500Alfie is a 5 year old who has been in foster care since 2012. He has some complex health needs and communication difficulties. He also has some developmental delay and is currently being assessed for autism.

In order to find a home for a Alfie as quickly as possible, we are prioritising enquiries from potential adopters who have specific skills and experience. We are particularly interested in hearing from approved adopters or those in the assessment process. Alfie would need to be the youngest or only child in his new family.

If you think you fit this description and could offer Alfie the family he needs please get in touch with our advisers on 0300 222 0022 (10am – 6pm Monday-Friday) or email helpdesk@first4adoption.org.uk