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People come forward to adopt disabled toddler

Olivia
Olivia Image credit: dailymail.co.uk

Over 70 people have responded to a plea from an adoption agency looking for a new home on behalf of a little girl with multiple disabilities.

Last week Family For Me made a national appeal after Olivia faced a lifetime in care if a suitable adoptive parents could not be found for her.

Amongst the replies came a message from TV personality and former model Katie Price who wrote on Instagram: 'I would love her in my family'. 

Karen Dale, Family for Me Project Manager said: 'We have been surprised and excited by the significant number of enquiries we have received from people wanting to learn about becoming an adoptive family for Olivia, since releasing her appeal earlier this week.

'We feel confident that this beautiful little girl will soon find the family she deserves and thank those who have come forward.

'We very much hope that these enquiries will help us match more children from the project with their forever family.' 

Olivia has a duplicate chromosome which causes abnormal amounts of saliva and breathing difficulties.

The little girl also has a cleft lip, curvature of the spine, hearing loss and needs to be fed food and medicine directly through her stomach.

Her new family must be aware that Oliva’s needs are still developing and they would need to be 'flexible about the change that inevitably occurs'.

Social worker Katharine Lane said: 'The decision to ask us to help comes from her need to be in a stable environment and if we cannot find a forever family through adoption, then we must look at alternative options.

'The project has a dedicated team of social workers and support staff, with specialist experience who offer Olivia a good chance to find a family of her own.' 

A spokesperson for Family for Me said:  '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.  

'Olivia is a beautiful, inquisitive little two-year-old. She has a cheeky personality and 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!  

'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. 

'After searches to find a suitable family by the Local Authority where she is cared have so far been unsuccessful, they have asked Family for Me to step in and help.

'The project is the last chance for Olivia to find her forever family before alternative plans are put in place for her care.' 

Ruth Marriot, the charity’s CEO, 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.

'These children along with sibling groups and children aged five and over, we search long and hard to find new parents for, and the best parents are those that are able to accept everything the children bring and love them anyway, take advice on parenting them differently and therapeutically, and be flexible about the change that inevitably occurs!'

Families for Children was set up in 1995 and achieved Outstanding in its last three Ofsted Inspections.