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.

Callum (nearly 7) is friendly, chatty, kind and interested in the world around him. He likes learning about new things, going to new places and enjoys celebrations, such as birthdays. He loves being outdoors, whether in the garden, at the park or the beach. Callum is very fond of animals, with whom he is gentle and attentive. He has good relationships with everyone in his foster family and should be the youngest or only child in his adoptive family. Callum is popular with both adults and children. He responds well to praise, time and attention.

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!

Harry is a very busy little boy who loves to run around and play with lots of different toys, he especially likes noisy toys and pushing buttons and levers.

Harry loves playing outside, going to the beach, the swimming pool and to activity centres, his foster carer says he has lots of energy. Although Harry enjoys being active during the day his foster carer says he sleep well through the night.

Harry is a very lovable and affectionate little boy, he attends nursery and has made very good progress in all areas of his development. He is learning to share with his friends at nursery and is really good at completing peg puzzles He is a very healthy little boy with no identified health issues.

Harry experienced neglect and domestic violence in his early life and has been affected by these early experiences when he lived with his birth family. Harry needs a two parent family who can give him lots of reassurance and nurture to help him overcome his frustrations and anxiety. He is a very rewarding child to care for and will bring lots of joy to his family.

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.

Jack is a lively little boy who enjoys playing football, going to the beach, playing with construction toys and being read to.

His foster carer says he is a very well behaved little boy who is affectionate and funny with a distinct personality.  He gets on very well with the children in his foster family, he is learning to wait his turn although mostly he likes to be first!

Jack began school in September and he enjoys going, he is ahead in his number work and on track in all other aspects of his school work.  His speech is a little delayed but since being in foster care he has made good progress.

Jack experienced a chaotic lifestyle and neglect whilst in the care of his parents and he has been affected by these early experiences.  He presents at times as a much younger child and he tends to hold his feeling in but tries very hard to be a compliant child.

Jack needs a family who can understand his anxieties and help him to overcome the early trauma he has experienced.  His foster carer say he is a lovely little boy who brings lots of fun and happiness into their family.

Joshua (6) is polite and friendly, and enjoys a range of activities, from playing on the trampoline to making daisy chains to playing ‘matching’ card/board games. He likes school and responds well to praise. Joshua is energetic, enthusiastic and likes to explore his surroundings. He plays with great imagination. Joshua has a good relationship with his foster carer and is doing well in his foster placement.

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.

Zara is a very strong-willed four year old. She has been in her current placement just over a year. She has settled well although can find it difficult to share her carers attention with the other children in placement.

Zara experienced neglectful and abusive care whilst with her birth parents and as such finds it difficult to trust.

Zara is an engaging little girl who shows determination and a real interest in the world around her.

Zara needs two parents and to be the only child in placement.

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