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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.

Alfie - I love baking with my foster carer.

Alfie playing with a hula hoopAlfie is a kind and loving 5 year old boy. He is very active and always on the go! He loves to go to the park and is so proud that he has learnt to ride his bike without stabilisers! Alife loves dancing and listening to music and has a great wiggle! His foster carer says he is very funny and has a cheeky character.

Alfie is sociable and curious and likes to figure out how things work. Alfie thrives on praise and focused time with his carers playing, reading or watching a film. Alfie is doing well at school academically, however, at times he can struggle to regulate his emotions.

Alfie is confused about his background and this can make him feel cross and frustrated at times. However, Alfie is learning to understand his emotions and is beginning to really open up to his foster carers.

Alfie needs an active two parent family who will not have unrealistic expectations of him. They need to be fun with the ability to laugh at themselves.

Bobby - A lively little boy with a lovely big smile and chatty nature.

Boy in playroom

Bobby is 4 years old. He is of White British/White Lithuanian heritage.

What makes Bobby stand out is his lovely big smile and chatty nature to go with it. Bobby is a lively young child, making the most of every situation. Bobby enjoys a wide range of activities such as riding his bicycle, cooking, singing, digging up and watering plants and playing with his Lego. He prefers people to play with him than playing alone. Bobby can struggle to concentrate on one game at a time as he needs to be on the go.

Bobby has just started school in September and at Nursery, he enjoyed and interacted well with others. Bobby is a confident speaker and uses lots of words however sometimes he isn’t very clear with his speech. It is felt that with some consistent encouragement and support at home and at school he will make good progress quite quickly. Bobby appears to be in good health and is developing well.

Bobby’s behaviour can become a little challenging at times when he feels stressed or scared as he hasn’t been taught how to manage this yet.

Despite Bobby’s experiences it is important to note that he is making progress and we believe that with consistent love and care he will catch up and reach his full potential. Bobby needs fun, patient, therapeutic adopters who can help him to calm his energy and emotions allowing him to have some meaningful play and cuddles. In return he will be an affectionate, fun and very rewarding little boy to care for.

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