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Agency tries to find disabled girl new family

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A little girl with disabilities in facing a lifetime in care if nobody comes forward to adopt her.


A Devon authority has reached out to specialised adoption agency to have one final attempt to find two-year-old Olivia.

The Families For Children agency said: ‘The project is the last chance for Olivia to find her forever family before alternative plans are put in place for her care.’

Olivia has duplicated chromosome which has left her with learning disabilities as well as a cleft lip and palate.

She has trouble breathing, curvature of the spine, hearing loss and a double thumb.

If a family is found for her the agency said they will need to be ‘flexible about the change that inevitably occurs’ as her disabilities are still developing.

The adoption project said: ‘Olivia is a beautiful, inquisitive little two-year-old. She has a cheeky personality and an amazing smiley face.

‘Olivia loves to be with others and is a real people person. She enjoys listening to music and playing with noisy and colourful toys. She likes playing with her teddies and dollies like any other little girl and loves a bath.

‘As summer approaches and the end of lockdown is in sight, most families are looking forward to enjoying time with friends and having some well-earned family fun. 

‘But for Olivia the next few months will mark the end to a long, and so far fruitless, search for an adoptive family.

‘The nature of Olivia’s disabilities means she will need help and support from her family and health professionals throughout her life but this doesn’t prevent her from being a happy and contented child.’ 

The agency’s CEO, Ruth Marriot, said: ‘Children with complex needs feature highly in the numbers of children considered “children who wait the longest” for adoption.

‘And, although some of these have very high-level medical needs, that doesn’t mean that there are not people out there who would have the skills or the will to take them home, claim them as their own and give them a family.’

If you wish to discuss about adopting Olivia call Family for Me on 01364 400064