Jon is a healthy child with no identified physical health needs. Jon has some developmental delay this is most noticeable with his speech and this can become frustrating for him. Jon comes from a large sibling group with a difficult background.
Jon attends nursery four times a week. He enjoys spending time playing with his peers and he has formed friendships. He has won a prize for making a beautiful paper flower in a nursery competition. Jon is able to engage in the wider aspects of living in a family such as outings, family gatherings and playing with the children in the extended family. Jon is in a very settled routine in his foster placement and he eats and sleeps well.
Jon would benefit from being part of an active family who can offer a nurturing environment in which he can form healthy, safe and secure attachments. The adopters will need to offer Jon the opportunity to socialise with his peers and encourage his emotional development.
Jimmy 4 years 9 months
Jimmy is a white British child with some Caribbean heritage on both sides of his family. He is a healthy, bright, engaging and lively child who has made excellent progress since being placed in foster care in August 2011. He is responding well to the boundaries now in place and although his behaviour can still be challenging at times this is well within manageable limits. Jimmy is a cheerful, chatty and sociable little boy with lots of energy and who loves the out-door life-style he has in his current placement. He is able to express his emotions and responds well to affection and comfort from his foster carers and is establishing a good attachment to them.
He attends school which he enjoys. He shows no signs of developmental or learning difficulties. He has a lively, interested and active mind. Jimmy enjoys riding his bike and go-cart, Lego, toy cars, his ‘Hot Wheel’ track and train set. He loves water and is an enthusiastic swimmer.
Jon & Lisbeth twins aged 5 years 9 months
Jon and Lisbeth are both healthy children of white British heritage. They could overeat if not assisted to manage their appetite due to past experience of neglect.
Jon is a quieter, more thoughtful child, analysing and considering situations more so than Lisbeth. He can ride a bike without stabilisers, enjoys trampolines and is learning to swim but needs two armbands. Jon likes ‘Cars 2’, Mario cars on the DS and ‘Ben 10’. He started football club this term at school.
Lisbeth is a happy sociable child, with a strong, confident personality. She is a vibrant and engaging girl, happy to talk, share her toys and play. Her carer said she is an enthusiastic child who 'gets on and does'. Lisbeth can ride a bike with stabilisers, ride a scooter and can swim. Lisbeth likes colouring-in, drawing and singing. She also likes the trampoline. Lisbeth loves things that are pink and princesses and playing with the mini dolls house. She started dance classes this term at school.
Both children are happy in the company of men and women and have a good imagination so can entertain themselves alone as well as play with other children. There is some delay in their reading and writing but it is improving all the time. They can count to 20, recite the alphabet, and can write their names using phonics to spell it out.
Kenny 3yrs 11mths
Kenny is a determined character of white British heritage who has a happy sociable nature. Two years ago Kenny was not expected to be walking but now he is walking, running and climbing. Kenny has a love of the outdoors and is eager to be out and loves having new adventures every day. For example, he loves putting on his wellies and getting messy in the sandpit! He has been camping with his carers and their family and was in his element. He loves to run across the fields when his carer takes the dog for a walk. He has benefitted from speech therapy and now can speak clearly in short sentences. Kenny’s future is still uncertain though he is a little boy who seems determined to get ‘the max’ out of life.
Adopters will need to be realistic as Kenny is like a younger child in many respects. For example he will whizz round with a toy car car but does not plays imaginatively with a it yet. He tends to bolt his food and hasn't got the hang of chewing it yet, so his new family will need to watch this carefully and prepare food accordingly. he has a great appetite though and is a happy, sociable little boy who gain enormously from having the activity of older children going on around him. Kenny has developed strong attachments to his carers where he has been since he came into care at three days old. His experienced carers are enthusiastic about helping people get to know Kenny and understand him as well as they do. They are really positive about introducing him to his new family
Kim 4 years 3 months
Kim is a white British child with light brown/blonde hair, hazel eyes and has been described as having a lovely disposition. She can have strops like any other 5 year old but she has such a wonderful temperament she is not moody for long. She has been in her current placement since coming into care in January 2012 and the foster carers have provided her with a loving and stimulating home. Kim has settled into good routines, she can take care of her own personal care needs, eats a varied diet and relates well to other children.
Kim has shown that she is able to use imaginative play and can play alongside and with her peers. Her health is good though she needs dental treatment in the near future. Kim has slight developmental delay, most likely due to the lack of stimulation and neglect when she lived with her birth family but has progressed well in school. Kim is reading age appropriate books; her writing is immature but progressing. She can count up to 20, recognises coins, her language is fine though she needs encouragement to express herself more.
Kim needs a family with a sensitive approach who can be encouraging and patient. They will also need to have a good understanding of how her earlier life experiences including domestic violence may impact on her future development and behaviour.
Kris 16 months
Kris is of dual heritage, white British and possibly African/Caribbean/Asian. He is a delightful sociable little boy who loves to join in when his carer is singing and loves to be talked to and to be tickled.