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Who are the children waiting to be adopted?

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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.

Timothy - a funny, confident, lively 6-year-old little boy

Back of a boys head looking over a stable gate at a horseBack of boys head looking over a stable door at a horseTimothy loves life and enjoys spending time with his foster family. His current favourite foods are cheese and eggs. He plays with lots of different toys, but his favourite interests are action heroes. Timothy also likes to spend time outdoors on the garden trampoline and running around in his local park.

Timothy likes music, singing and dancing. Timothy’s foster carers are reflective of the great progress Timothy has made in his development since being placed within their care.

Timothy needs support with his learning. The school describes him as motivated and keen to learn. He has begun to settle well within the school environment and engages best in smaller groups.

Aria - a happy, placid 8-month-old baby

Baby Aria lying down on a blow-up pillow while carers' look after herAria is curious of the world around her and has learnt to roll over to reach toys that she wishes to play with. Aria likes her activity mobile and is interested in toys that have flashing lights. Aria has not yet been weaned and is fed milk by a feeding tube. Her foster carer reflects on the daily progress Aria is making in her development and believes Aria will have a mischievous character as she grows older. Aria enjoys engaging with her foster family and will babble in response to verbal interactions and during play activities.

Aria has a diagnosis of Down's Syndrome and this leaves uncertainty around her developmental needs as she grows older. Currently Aria is meeting developmental milestones in keeping with expectations for a child with Down's Syndrome.

Aria will do well with either a one or two parent household, with or without other children within the family home.

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.

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