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Six-year-old Kevin looks for forever family in Cornwall

Six-year-old Kevin looks for forever family in Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:01am 4th April 2020.

A charity based in the South West has set up a campaign to help six-year-old Kevin find his forever family in Cornwall. 

Families for Children has set up a project called 'Family for Me', which is designed to specifically find families for children who have been waiting the longest to be adopted.

It has been set up by local adoption agency 'Families for Children' to help find adoptive families in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset for ‘harder to place’ children, commonly older children, sibling groups and children with additional needs. Kevin is hoping the project will help him in finding the family he deserves. 

Let's meet Kevin...

Kevin is a charismatic, smart little boy. His lovely thick dark hair and long eyelashes are characteristic of his Eastern European heritage.

Kevin was born with a complex neuro-disability with no underlying cause. As a result, he has very little physical ability and has abnormal muscle tone, microcephaly and is registered visually impaired.

Kevin was removed from his birth family in 2018 after they were unable to meet his complex health needs. Kevin now needs an adoptive family he can call his own.

Searches by the Local Authority in which Kevin is cared for have so far not been able to find suitable adopters, so now Families for Children are extending the search for a family for Kevin in the hope that someone will come forward from Devon, Cornwall, Somerset or Dorset

“We have been searching for an adoptive family for Kevin since last September without success. Kevin needs a family and he wants a family who make him laugh, with a buzz and sense of fun and silliness.

“The nature of his disabilities means he needs help with all aspects of his intimate care, such as washing, toileting, teeth brushing, and nail and hair care. He is unlikely to be able to learn these skills.

"While Kevin is small for his age he continues to grow and meet his childhood milestones. He needs a smoke-free atmosphere to protect his lungs.”

Lizzy, Kevin's Family Finding Social Worker

Kevin’s current carers have experienced great pleasure and reward in seeing how their care has supported him in making some excellent developmental progress.

Family for Me are looking for an exceptional family or single carer who could look beyond Kevin’s disabilities and see the little boy inside who is bursting with happiness and light.

The organisation works closely with Local Authorities and health professionals to help assess the social, emotional and physical needs of each child, ensuring that their families are aware of their entitlements and services available to them to meet their child’s needs.

“We are extremely excited about the Family for Me project in being able to help Kevin.

"The project’s key objective is to create awareness of those children who wait for the longest to be adopted and to encourage those people who feel they could give these specific children, the loving family they deserve.

"In searching for families for these children we get to know the children very well, their history and what they are looking for and need from a family. No family is perfect but we need to ensure the all of the children’s needs can be met.”

Karen Dale, Head of Operations at Families for Children

Families for Children provide ongoing guidance throughout the adoption process and beyond with comprehensive adoption support services right up into adulthood.

If anyone would like to discuss the possibility of being considered as adoptive parents for Kevin they are urging you to come forward and call them on 01364 400064.

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