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Oxfordshire County Council: Adoption Week

This adoption week, 19-25 October, we are focussing on the children that wait longer to be placed with an adoptive family
Alex has one special wish…“I would like a forever family who will play with me and read me bedtime stories!” Matthew has one special wish…“I would like a forever family who can explore the world with me!”

Oxfordshire County Council adoption team have been very successful in placing children, during April 2014 to March 2015 we placed 50 children, and so far this year we have placed 20 children. We currently only have 8 children waiting, this number changes all the time as some children are matched whilst new children will have placement orders made.

Oxfordshire also work with other local authorities and our approved adopters can be matched with children waiting in other areas, currently there are 30 children waiting across the consortium.

Adoption Week gives us the opportunity to talk about the children that we are currently family finding for. Some children may miss out on adoption - older children, children with disabilities and brothers and sisters, we are looking for adopters who are open to all our children.

Currently we are looking for a loving family for Alex and also a family for Matthew.

Alex is 4 and he loves playing!

Alex loves to make others laugh and can be cheeky at times! He is a very helpful boy and loves to sweep up or clear up. He loves to be chased and tickled and will laugh and laugh and laugh. He can get boisterous and over excited in his play at times but this has improved since being in foster care. Alex can be very loving and affectionate and likes lots of cuddles from his carers.

Alex is delayed in lots of areas of his development such as his speech and language and fine motor skills. He has just started at mainstream school and is doing very well, but his future development is uncertain. Alex is a very happy, endearing and sociable little boy who has come on so far in all areas since being in his current foster home.

Alex has one special wish…“ “I would like a forever family who will play with me and read me bedtime stories!”

Matthew is 3 years old and he loves rolling around!

Matthew is beautiful, happy and very engaging; he is an affectionate, sociable little boy who loves to interact with others, at nursery he is very interested in what the other children are doing and as he grows in confidence he is enjoying playing with them more and more. Matthew's favourite things to watch on TV are Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Peppa Pig, when he hears the music he claps his hands.

Matthew's development is delayed in all areas but particularly in his physical/motor skills. He is not yet walking but he is mobile and likes to explore so he bunny hops! Although he is not yet talking, he will now use eye pointing or his hands to communicate. At the moment we don’t know why Matthew's development is delayed but with support he is making slow but steady progress.

Matthew has one special wish…“I would like a forever family who can explore the world with me!”

More about the children who wait

• Brothers and sisters

We are looking for families who are open to adopting a sibling group. We recognise how important sibling relationships are and where possible, our aim is to place children together.

• Children with special needs / disabilities

We are keen to find families for children with particular health and developmental needs. We gather as much information as possible about the child's history and their level of need both in the short and long-term, however we need adopters who are open to and able to manage future uncertainty. Although we may not always know what the child's future holds we do know that they need adopters that are dedicated and committed and who can provide the level of care, love and security that the children need. Adoptive families are not alone as specific support plans are put in place around the adopted child and their family.

• Children aged over 5 years

Children over the age of 5 years often wait a long time for an adoptive family because most prospective adopters are keen to adopt children as young as possible. We are keen therefore to hear from families who have no children under the age of 10 years and who could be just the right parents for one of these children.

• Children from a wide range of different backgrounds

We will always aim to place children in families where all their needs can be met, we take all things into consideration when matching children with their new family and we are therefore looking for adopters of all ethnicities and backgrounds which will help us to find the right family for the children we are placing.

I'm sure you will agree that all our children deserve to find the right family at the right time.

We hope that during the campaign we get more people to be open to all the children that we are placing.

If you would like to find any more information about adoption can come to an information meeting on Wednesday 21 October, 6.30-8pm, County Hall, OX1 1ND

Or call 0800 7835724 or visit oxfordshire.gov.uk/adoption


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