Children waiting for adoption
We have a range of children awaiting adoption, from babyhood to 8 years old.
There are always more children in Norfolk who need adopting than there are adopters coming forward.
Most children have been removed from their birth family by the court so are likely to have suffered early adversity.
We welcome families who can provide a safe and permanent home for Norfolk’s children.
In particular we need families for babies with disabilities, sibling groups, young children with uncertain development due to parental genetic factors and children with emotional difficulties because of their experiences.
Erica is 3 years old. She can be shy with new people and seeks reassurance from her carer. She loves attention, particularly one-to-one time with her trusted adults. Erica enjoys play equipment at the park, especially swings, likes singing and loves shoes – both her own (of which she has many) and other people’s. Erica goes to nursery part-time. She has extra medical appointments regarding some health issues, but these do not affect her day-to-day and she is making good progress in all areas and has been discharged from some services. Erica is physically small but quite headstrong and likes to tell other people what to do!
Hayden (1) is a happy, inquisitive and engaging little boy, with a bubbly character. He is curious about the world around him, loves being outdoors, and particularly likes sensory things...such as stroking animals, and touching interesting things like tree bark, leaves and grass. Hayden suffered a non-accidental head injury at three weeks old, and has been in foster care since being discharged from hospital. His head injury and resulting brain damage creates uncertainty around his long-term developmental potential, however he has been making positive and encouraging progress throughout his time in foster care. He is generally functioning a couple of months behind age expected milestones. Hayden has some specific health needs around feeding and drinking – he has an ‘unsafe’ swallow, which means that he requires close supervision around eating/drinking, he has pureed (or well-mashed) foods, and also has a prescription thickening agent that is added to thin fluids, to help him to swallow more safely. Hayden needs a family who can meet his specific health and developmental needs. He is a rewarding little boy to care for, and will bring lots of joy and smiles to his future family.
Penny (3) is an engaging little girl with a sociable and imaginative personality. She loves to play with lots of different toys, and likes having tea-parties with her dollies, and pretend chats with people on her toy telephone. She is good at playing with other children, and is always keen to join in with their play and games. Penny loves playing out in the garden with sand and water, and is also learning to roller skate! Penny is a healthy little girl, and is in good routines. She initially presented with some developmental delay when first placed in foster care, but with nurturing and consistent care, Penny has made some really positive progress and there are no concerns around her overall health or development. Penny has a bit of delay in her speech and language skills, but this is really improving over time and she is able to communicate in other ways when she needs something. Despite not yet having all the words herself, she has a really good understanding of things. Penny is a strong-willed little girl who likes to be independent. She has a lot of anxieties stemming from her early life experiences in her birth family, and benefits from plenty of reassurance and nurture from her carers.
Theresa and Annie are white British. They were placed in foster care August 2017 following a failed residential assessment with birth mother. Both girls have experienced domestic violence, emotional harm and chronic neglect in the care of their birth family. Theresa’s father died of a cardiac arrest which Theresa witnessed.
Prior to being placed in foster care Theresa presented as a hyper vigilant child who would be watchful of her environment and adults around her. Theresa has made disclosures of physical abuse within the birth family home. Theresa presents emotionally much younger than her chronological age; probably around four to four and a half years. Theresa has a lovely smile and overwhelming desire to please adults. She is very affectionate towards her sister.
Annie was five weeks old when placed in foster care. She was very tiny and did not make any eye contact. She would try to hold her bottle herself. She also slept a lot. Since being in foster care she has developed well and is meeting all her milestones. She makes good eye contact with the carer and sleeps through the night. She is just beginning to try solids. Annie is a very happy little girl
The girls will have twice annual indirect contact with birth family.
Victoria is 2 years old, and her carers describe her as feisty, adorable and a joy to care for. Victoria has out-patients hospital appointments for a medical condition which is well-managed and does not affect her day-to-day life or activities. She is doing everything that would be expected for a child of her age, and is ahead of where she should be in some areas. Victoria is a sociable little girl who enjoys being outside, especially kicking and throwing balls. She likes playing with water and having a bath, wearing pretty dresses and having lots of play time with other people. Victoria eats and sleeps well.