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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.

Billy - I like lots of cuddles and smiles

A young boy sitting on a yellow blanket in the park

Billy likes to be taken outside in the garden or on walks. At this age Billy is curious about everything around him and he loves to watch anything going on.

He is drawn to bright colours and musical toys but at his young age prefers being played with or being sung to and will reward you with lots of smiles, cute babbling and giggles.

Billy sleeps well and enjoys his bath and bedtime routine. Billy is also  feeding well. He presents as a content and happy baby.

Billy did have difficult birth but has been growing and developing well since then, with some delay in development which his health visitor and foster carers is monitoring.

Archie - a smiley 1-year-old boy

A baby holding his hand up while sitting in a buggyArchie is an endearing, content, smiley and giggly little boy. He has been with his foster carers since birth. They are incredibly fond of him and he has developed a strong attachment to them. He loves interacting with people, greets everyone with a huge smile and clearly enjoys their attention.

Archie’s favourite things include sitting in his ball pit and playing with interactive books and toys, especially dinosaur books and farm toys, and watching sensory lights. He also loves listening to calming music such as nature sounds and classical musical, particularly when he is about to go to sleep. Archie’s foster family have a pet cat and he loves the cat snuggling up to him when he has a nap.

Everyone in Archie’s life is proud of him, and Archie loves a fuss being made of him when he achieves a new milestone.

Archie is currently being assessed for his long-term health and development needs. He requires adopters able to parent a child with additional needs and with a level of uncertainty about his health. He can be the only child in the home, or with much older children in the household. It is highly likely that he will need one parent to be able to be at home with him.

Archie’s foster carers have said he is ‘incredibly rewarding to care for’. He now needs the opportunity to be part of a permanent and loving family home.

The Jackson siblings

3 young children holding handsRiyley, Layla and Cody Lee have been with their current foster carer since January 2020. They have settled really well and are making good progress.

Riyley is a happy, kind and friendly boy. He is caring and has a good relationship with his siblings.

Layla is a quiet little girl who gains in confidence as you get to know her. She enjoys playing with babies and loves Peppa pig.

Cody-Lee is an inquisitive little boy who enjoys exploring and is very interested in his surroundings.

Riyley and Layla have been diagnosed with Waardenburg Syndrome. Riyley’s hearing was affected from birth and his early hearing test showed that he struggled to hear on his left side. However, it does not seem to significantly affect him at the moment. Layla currently has no impact from the diagnosis.

The 3 siblings experienced neglectful and abusive parenting. Both birth parents misused substances.

The children need a family which has lots of energy and is fun, active and calm. They need family who have the time and patience to support the children as they grow.

The siblings will need help to understand their complex life story. This would need to be supported as they move to their adoptive family.

More information

For more information about any of the children featured above, either email us at: adoption.recruitmentteam@essex.gov.uk or call us on: 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