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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.

Millie - smiley, fun little girl who enjoys gymnastics

""Millie is an active, fun, 7 year old girl. She loves gymnastics and dancing and enjoys taking part in competitions. She takes pride in her achievement and enjoys her carers watching her. Millie enjoys arts and crafts and baking, with chocolate cake being her favourite.

Millie can be shy at first and takes time to trust those around her but once she gains confidence, she is an affectionate, engaging little girl. Millie will seek out affection and enjoys time with her foster carer. Millie is doing well at school and enjoys learning. She takes time on her homework and is a confident member of class. She has lots of friends and has thrived in her current school.

Millie has three brothers who are very important to her. She currently sees her elder brothers monthly and she will require adopters who are confident to support a contact plan including both direct and indirect contact and are willing to have open communication regarding her birth family from the beginning.
Millie requires committed and attuned adopters who can provide her lots of love and care. She will require ongoing support, encouragement and fun!

Mark

boy holding a fishing rod by a river

Mark is a little boy with a great sense of fun and lots of energy! He loves imaginary play, dressing up, playing with cars and building towers with his Lego. He enjoys all kinds of physical activities especially swimming and football. Mark mostly likes being outdoors, seeking wildlife and watching out for ladybirds, ants, bugs and spiders using his binoculars. Mark is fascinated by anything which involves movement and is very responsive to sensory play. Water play makes him feel happy and relaxed! When indoors, he enjoys helping with little jobs around the house and likes getting praise for tidying his bedroom.  His favourite TV programmes are Peter Rabbit, Katy’s Amazing Machines, Mr Tumble and Mr Bean (the cartoon).

Mark experienced severe neglect which has impacted his development.  However, he has made tremendous progress since he was placed in foster care. The school and foster carers are working closely to support Mark and they have been very encouraged by his progress over time. They find that distraction and a ‘little and often’ approach help to reassure Mark and support his emotional wellbeing.

Ben - a happy little boy who is smiley and playful

boy with his back to the camera, playing with a toy car

Ben is a happy little boy who generally presents as contented and settled and gets on well with the older children in the household. Ben has a good memory and remembers routes and places. He eats and sleeps well. He is smiley and playful and is now offering hugs to those in the household who enjoy his lovely sense of humour and infectious giggle.

Ben’s motor skills have improved, and the foster carer is working towards Ben being potty trained, he only wears nappies at night. Ben started swimming with arm bands on holiday. His speech is still behind but he is presenting as very clever and good at problem solving.

Ben generally experiences good health. He has some eczema which is being treated appropriately and is under control. Ben is described as very energetic and full of enthusiasm. Ben’s fine and gross motor skills are developing well. He is good at running and does forward rolls. Ben also loves the family dog and enjoys taking it for walks.

Ben attends pre-school for three half day sessions a week; he really enjoys this and is doing well. Ben is described as a confident little boy, who has settled in well in the nursery setting. He enjoys being outdoors, playing on the climbing frame and riding bikes. He also loves playing with his toy cars, trains and building bricks.

Ben’s foster carer states: “He has lots of energy & enthusiasm, a natural explorer. Is willing to give things a go. He has natural rhythm & an ear for music and an infectious laugh.

child playing with toy tools

Tony

Tony (aged six), or should we say Bob the Builder, likes to be industrious in his work. He would be outside all day and night if he could. He loves football, physical sports, running and climbing. He is a bit of a daredevil on his skateboard, so whilst he loves it, adults often gasp when he is on it!

Tony’s parents did not offer safe care so when he was placed in foster care he did not have any routine. He has thrived having consistency and a routine is good for him.

Tony has a really good ear for music. He sings in tune and picks up the words very quickly of songs. When the radio is on, you will often hear Tony singing at the top of his voice. He is doing really well at school and would love to be the centre of somebody’s world.

Rachel

Rachel, aged 7, is of White British heritage. She likes to be involved with everything. From playing in the mud and assisting with the washing to sorting out her foster carer’s make up (not at the request of her foster carer!). Rachel will put her hand to anything. She loves creative activities and is an expert bike rider to the degree that she goes so fast that she often has people racing behind her telling her to slow down!

When Rachel lived in her birth family her needs were not always met. This means she can take some time to trust, however she has shown that she has the ability to develop a strong relationship with her foster carer. She would be so rewarding to parent because she revels in the closeness of someone being with her and blossoms having 1-1 attention. She loves her dolls and when she cooks she can remember a recipe after making it once.

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