If no one comes forward to adopt this ‘beautiful’ disabled two-year-old, she will be placed in care permanently.
Olivia, who has multiple disabilities and will always need help and medical treatment, has been looking for a forhome for almost her entire life.
In a final effort to find her loving parents, a local authority in Devon has enlisted the help of a specialised adoption agency project.
‘The project is the last chance for Olivia to find her forever family before alternative plans are put in place for her care,’ her adoption agency said.
The ‘inquisitive’ little girl has a duplicated chromosome, which can affect her mental ability, along with a cleft lip and palate. This means she cannot consume anything orally, and has had to have her tummy tied so she cannot be sick.
She also struggles with breathing issues, caused by excessive saliva, some cervical spine abnormalities, hearing issues and a ‘double thumb’.
But Olivia is still developing and so are her disabilities, so her new family would have to be ‘flexible about the change that inevitably occurs’, the agency said.
The adoption project added: ‘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.’
Adoption agency Families For Children set up the ‘Family For Me’ project to find parents for children who will need extra care and support, sibling groups, and kids over the age of five.
The agency 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.
‘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 project’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 anyone wants to discuss Olivia’s adoption, you can contact Family for Me on 01364 400064.
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