Jessica particularly misses Harry when he is not around and will call on Harry to play with her, sharing her excitement with him when she discovers a new game or toy! They watch TV together and make each other laugh. They are very affectionate to each other with kisses and cuddles.
Harry is a generally calm, placid character. He is an active little boy and often ‘on the go’ whether driving his toy cars around the living room or running around in the garden. He is very good at amusing himself and is happy to play with a wide range of toys, particularly enjoying his lego and duplo. At the moment, Harry loves all things Toy Story. He knows all the characters and his favourite, Buzz Lightyear, has been to lots of places with him including in the swimming pool on holiday!
Harry likes to play games and watch videos on his LeapPad 3. He likes short clips of animals, as well as Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Finding Dory and of course his favourite, Toy Story. When watching something funny, such as the seagulls on finding Dory, he will giggle lots.
Harry is a very affectionate little boy, especially towards his little sister Jessica. He loves to be tickled and enjoys people being generally silly with him!
Harry likes to be outdoors, playing in the garden or at the park. He loves to just run, jump and roll around, letting off steam! He gets quite excitable when he sees birds and will try to chase them, as well as flapping his arms and pretending to be a bird flying around the garden. He enjoys swimming and has become much more confident with putting his head under the water since being on holiday and spending lots of time in the pool.
Harry is getting good at dressing himself and always gives tricky buttons and fastenings a good go. He settles well at night time after a play in the bath and a bedtime story.
He likes to have his torch with him to look at his books for a short while before falling to sleep. His gro clock shows him a smiling sunshine when it’s time to wake up.
Harry attends a school for children with additional needs and is making good progress. He is a popular member of his class and is beginning to form friendships. His foster carer is impressed with his reading skills and he loves stories and rhymes. Harry has a great recall for subjects which interest him, such as planets and space. He likes counting and is good with numbers, particularly when connected to visual stimulus. Harry feels most secure when he has a predictable routine and knows what is happening next. With good preparation, however, he can manage changes. Visual timetables and calendars work well for Harry.
Harry enjoys his food and he is trying out more new foods with encouragement, but still isn’t too keen on his vegetables! If enjoying his meal he will eat everything on his plate, and sometimes finish his sister’s food as well.
When busy playing or in environments where there is lots going on, Harry can get easily distracted. Gentle reminders and encouragement works well and helps him to focus. When hurt or feeling unwell, Harry can become overwhelmed and upset, needing lots of comfort and reassurance. He will be quiet for a little while afterwards.
At times Harry can become excitable and needs some help to regulate and feel calmer. If anxious, frustrated or cross, he tends to go quiet, look away and sometimes cries.
Harry doesn’t like to feel he has been ‘naughty’ and can feel shame quite easily. He likes reassurance and cuddles. If he has done something wrong he will readily say sorry.
Jessica is a lovable, lively, fun little girl with a bubbly personality. Jessica plays well with a whole range of toys and in particular likes craft, drawing, colouring, and dolls. She loves dressing up and playing with the guitar and piano. She is active and busy and really likes the outdoor toys, in particular bouncing on the trampoline, riding her bike and kicking the football. She enjoys going to the park, and loved the swimming pool on holiday.
Jessica also has a Leap pad 3. She watches lots of the same programmes and games as her big brother, but doesn’t like scary characters or loud programmes. Jessica likes animals a lot and enjoys visiting the ‘Pets at Home’ shop to see all the animals.
Jessica loves books and being read too. Each night they have a story and she and Harry take turns to choose the books. Favourites include Goldilocks and Chicken Licken. Jessica sleeps well, settling quickly after singing ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ and seeing the stars come out on her gro clock.
Jessica loves cuddles and will often choose to snuggle up with her foster carer on the sofa. She really enjoys one to one time with an adult.
Jessica is trying lots more new foods and eats well, enjoying trips to a restaurant sometimes too. She likes playing with toys in the bath and having a hairwash with her own pink shampoo.
She tries hard to get herself dressed, asking for help with getting shoes on the right feet and doing up tricky zips and buttons.
Jessica now attends the same school as her brother and current assessments will inform her future learning plan. She wishes she was in Harry’s class with him, but is making good progress in her own reception class.
Jessica is described as full of beans, wanting to be a part of everything in the classroom and gaining lots of enjoyment from all the activities on offer. She is just beginning phonics learning and she can recognise and write her name. She recognises numbers and can count confidently up to ten in English and in French, which she is very proud of!
She loves to join in the number rhymes at school, eager to be picked to answer a question or choose the next song. Visual timetables and prompts are also helpful for Jessica in her learning.
Jessica can struggle at times to regulate her emotions and needs support from her foster carer or teacher to help her feel calmer.
We are looking for adopters with a good network of support, ideally two parents. Harry & Jessica’s future family will need to promote the close sibling bond whilst recognising and promoting the children’s individual interests, needs and ways of expressing themselves.
You will need to be active and playful, as well as nurturing, empathic and able to offer predictable, clear and consistent structure and routines with good preparation for any changes.
A willingness to use visual prompts and cues to support learning and communication will be important. Some experience of children either through family, voluntary or professional roles would be good.
An ability to accept uncertainties around future development is needed as well as the ability to be a good advocate and work with school and other professionals to promote the children’s development.
Harry & Jessica’ future family will also need to consider indirect contact with siblings and birth parents.
The Bespoke Family Finding Service is delivered in partnership by two independent adoption agencies, Adoption Matters & Caritas Care, both rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted
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