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Who are the children waiting to be adopted?

Children reading

We need adopters for children of all ages. We are particularly looking for adopters for brothers and sisters, toddlers and young children aged 4 and older, and children with disabilities.

We especially want to hear from people who could adopt children like these or who could offer Early Permanence. 

We currently have 17 children waiting for adoption - 8 boys and 9 girls.

Our latest figures for children waiting for adoption are:

  • 10 children aged under 5
  • 7 children aged over 5
  • 3 sibling pairs all the same sex - 2 sets of girls and 1 set of boys
  • 3 children with disabilities

These are real children we’re currently looking for families for. To protect privacy, we’ve changed their names.

Dean - A bright little boy with an infectious sense of humour!

Little boy playing footballDean is 4 years old.  He is a chatty and affectionate little boy who makes friends wherever he goes.  His foster carer loves his very advanced sense of humour and he often has his foster family in fits of laughter.

Dean has an inquisitive mind and is fascinated to find out how things work.  With his own little toolkit, he enjoys taking things apart and putting them back together again.  Dean is very bright and active, he's now learning to swim and, since starting karate lessons, he loves showing off his karate moves!

Dean loves animals and is always happy to be outdoors no matter the weather. He especially enjoys going on nature walks where he can collect flowers, leaves and twigs.

Dean needs a family who are robust and energetic.  He will thrive with carers who can nurture and support him to reach his full potential.

Shaun - "I'm a really good runner and I'm good at football too"

 

A little boy swinging from a branchShaun is 5 years old. He is a very charming, loving and kind little boy who enjoys learning and has a great memory. He likes reading his school books to his foster carer.

Shaun is full of energy. He is always happy to be outdoors and loves his sports, including running and karate. But football is his favourite – Shaun goes to a football club, always gets his kit ready in advance and counts down the days until he can go again!

Shaun can concentrate well, he likes to paint and make superheroes out of playdough. He has a good memory and enjoys learning. Shaun is also very sociable and makes friends easily.

Shaun needs an energetic, robust family who will give him the security and consistent care he needs to continue to thrive.

Tommy - "I enjoy puzzles, playing with toy cars and being in the garden"


Tommy is a 3 year old boy who has a big bright smile and lovely long eyelashes. Tommy will laugh and giggle when he finds something funny, in particular a game of chase or being tickled. Tommy is an affectionate and loving little boy who enjoys cuddles with the people he trusts.

Tommy loves the one to one attention of adults but can sometimes prefers to play on his own.

Tommy goes to nursery three times a week, which he loves. This has helped him to develop some eye contact, his social skills and Tommy can now say his alphabet, numbers and colours.

Tommy is struggling in some areas of his development and he has a diagnosis of Autism. However every week Tommy makes progress and there are positive signs that with more time and a lot of love and care he will continue to thrive.

Tommy is affectionate and fun and his foster carer say he is a very rewarding little boy to care for.

Tommy needs fabulous adopters who are confident and able to manage the unknown with regards to his future development.
 

 

For more information about any of the children featured above, see contact details below.

Email: adoption.recruitmentteam@essex.gov.uk

Telephone: 0800 801 530

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"When the social worker told us we had a son it was jubilation. It was unbelievable." - Sarah K