To mark National Adoption Week, the council is highlighting a number of children who are waiting to find a family.
One of them is Ayaan, who is almost three, and is described by her carers as affectionate and full of smiles, and who loves being in the company of other children. Born prematurely, Aayan gets support for her speech and language and goes to nursery three times a week. She has been with the same carers since leaving hospital following her birth.
In Ayaan’s own words: “I love dressing up as a princess, my favourite toy is my pretend kitchen, and I love making everyone a cup of tea and giving them biscuits! I have a special teddy bear that I cuddle. I go to nursery and although I can be shy, I have made lots of friends and I love singing and dancing with them. I love riding my bike in the garden.”
Although seeking adopters is a year-round activity, the focus of National Adoption Week is older children – rather than new-borns – those from minority backgrounds and other traditionally harder to place children, such as siblings.
Councillor Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children, families and schools, said: “All of our children waiting to be adopted are wonderful, unique people. They have often had unsettled lives and a difficult start in life, so will inevitably have additional needs that need extra love and attention. We need to find the right people to gives these vulnerable children like Ayaan a family. The process can take time as we need to make the right matches – children’s needs have to come first – but the future you can have with these children is incredible. If Ayaan has inspired you, let us know.”
For more information on adopting, visit: https://www.adoptandfoster.co.uk/adoption/
For media enquires about Aayan, contact the press office on 0121 303 3885.