Sample profiles for web and print

Sample profiles for a single child and a sibling group.

Be My Parent newspaper
Be My Parent online

Be My Parent newspaper

Single child

Print (newspaper) description (word count: 175 words)

Oliver February 2010
known, as Ollie, is a mischievous and active boy with a cheeky smile. He is confident and loves going to the park, creative play, doing jigsaws and being read to. Ollie can sometimes be strong-willed, but responds well to clear boundaries and praise. Ollie and his younger brother Ronan, featured separately, have lived with the same foster carer since becoming looked after in mid-2013, and he has made a good attachment to her. Ollie is close to Ronan, and they play well with each other. Adoptive families who could adopt Ollie and Ronan together would also be considered. Ollie is reaching his developmental milestones, and is doing well at nursery. He is looking forward to having an adoptive family who will “take him to the park and read him lots of books.”

Ethnic and cultural descent: white English
Family needed: a one or two-parent adoptive family who can reflect or actively develop Ollie's ethnic and cultural identity
Contact: indirect contact is envisaged with Ollie’s birth mother, and direct contact with his maternal grandmother
Legal status: placement order
Support: includes possible adoption financial support
Preferred area for placement: L, C, N

Sibling group

Print (newspaper) description (word count: 348 words)

Jade November 2005
Malachi March 2010

are sister and brother who are very close. The children became looked after in late 2012 and have lived with their current foster carers since early 2013. They have experienced a difficult start in life, including lack of routines, and have had a number of different carers. Jade and Malachi need an adoptive or permanent foster family together.

JADE is a lively girl who likes fashion, listening to music, reading and trips to the beach. She presents as very confident outwardly, although this often hides her insecurities. Jade was involved in parenting Malachi, before coming into care, but is learning to be a child. Jade shows signs of an anxious attachment pattern, and sometimes needs reassurance in new situations. She is receiving therapeutic support for her attachment difficulties, which will need to continue. Her therapist has commented that it will take Jade some time to form attachments to her new carers. Jade enjoys school but needs support to maintain friendships. She is a little behind in maths and literacy, but is catching up, with classroom support.

MALACHI is a lively, sociable little boy, with a zest for life and adventure! He loves playing in the park, bike-riding, and showing off his football skills! Malachi has a strong attachment to his foster carers. He has mild cerebral palsy, following his premature birth. This has affected some of his mobility on his left side and his speech is delayed. Malachi’s development is being closely monitored by his consultant, who has described him as making steady progress in all areas. He is responding well to physiotherapy and speech therapy. He will require additional classroom support at school. Malachi’s new family will need to accept some uncertainty surrounding his future development.

Ethnic and cultural descent: birth mother: white English; birth father: black Caribbean (Barbadian)
Family needed: a one or two-parent adoptive or permanent foster family who can reflect or actively develop the children’s ethnic and cultural identity
Contact: annual direct contact is envisaged with their birth parents
Legal status: placement orders
Support: includes either possible adoption financial support, or a fostering allowance
Preferred area for placement: any in the UK

Be My Parent online

Single child

Short web description (word count: 50 words)

Oliver: 4

known, as Ollie, is confident, and active with a cheeky smile. He loves parks, creative play, jigsaws and books. Ollie is meeting his developmental milestones. He can be strong-willed, but responds well to boundaries and praise. Adoptive families who could adopt Ollie with his younger brother would also be considered. Needing: adoption

Web description (word count: 490 words)

Oliver: 4

OLIVER, known, as Ollie, is a mischievous little boy with a cheeky smile. He is very active and likes going to the park, especially playing on the climbing frame. Ollie also loves creative play, such as ‘playing café’, when he pretends to cook meals, or be the customer! He also likes jigsaws, being read to and will always pick extra-long stories for bedtime. His favourite TV programmes are Dora the Explorer and Bob the Builder.

Ollie became looked after in mid-2013 and has lived with the same foster carer with his younger brother Ronan since then. Ronan, is 2, and is featured separately. Ollie has made a good attachment to his foster carer who describes him as “a lovely and affectionate little boy who enjoys life and wants unconditional love”.
Ollie is confident and outspoken and has an independent personality. He can be strong-willed and sometimes needs reminding when his behaviour is not appropriate, but responds well to clear boundaries and praise for good behaviour.

Ollie is progressing well at nursery, where he gets on well with other children. He can get dressed by himself and also likes preparing his own breakfast. Ollie enjoys a variety of foods, and his favourite is peanut butter sandwiches.

Families who could adopt Ollie and Ronan together would also be considered. The boys are close, although like most siblings, they have occasional arguments. However they play well with each other, with Ollie often showing Ronan the way.

Ollie says:

“I can climb on really tall things and run really fast. I like playing with Ronan but sometimes he doesn’t do what I say. I don’t like sweetcorn and my favourite is strawberries. I want a new mummy or daddy who will take me to the park every day and read me lots of new books.”

Ollie’s foster carer says:

“Ollie is always on the go and likes to burn some of his energy in the park, especially on the climbing frame. Ollie knows what he likes and doesn’t like, and has come a long way since I first looked after him, but he sometimes needs to be reminded that he doesn’t make all the decisions! He is an affectionate boy who enjoys cuddling up to me on the sofa and having stories read to him.”

Ollie’s social worker says:

“Ollie has been well prepared for adoption by his current carer. He has made good attachments to her, and it is anticipated that he will be able to transfer these to his new family. Ollie and Ronan need lots of individual time and attention, although we would consider adoptive families who could adopt them either separately or together.”

Ethnic and cultural descent: white English
Family needed: a loving and energetic one or two-parent adoptive family who can reflect or actively develop Ollie's ethnic and cultural identity
Contact: indirect contact is envisaged with Ollie’s birth mother, and direct contact with his maternal grandmother
Legal status: placement order
Support: includes possible adoption financial support
Preferred area for placement: L, C, N

Sibling group

Short web description (word count: 54 words)

Jade: 9
Malachi: 4

Jade is a lively girl who loves beaches. She is receiving support to help her come to terms with past difficult experiences and is catching up at school.
Malachi has a zest for life and great football skills! He has mild cerebral palsy which affects his mobility and speech, and is making excellent progress. Needing: adoption or permanent fostering

Web description (word count: 490 words)

Jade : 9
Malachi: 4

JADE AND MALACHI are described as adorable sister and brother who are very close. The children became looked after in late 2012 and have lived with their current foster carer since early 2013. They have experienced a difficult start in life, including lack of routines, and have had a number of different carers. Jade and Malachi need to stay together in an adoptive or permanent foster family.

JADE is a lively girl who likes fashion, listening to music, rollerblading, reading and trips to the beach. She presents as very confident outwardly, although this often hides her insecurities. Jade was involved in parenting Malachi, before coming into care, and still worries about him when she is at school. However, she is learning to be a child with support from her carers.

Jade shows signs of an anxious attachment pattern, and can become anxious and distressed by new situations and people, but responds well to lots of reassurance from her foster carers, with whom she has developed a trusting relationship. She is receiving therapeutic support for this, which will need to continue in her new family. Her therapist has commented that “it will take Jade some time to form attachments to her new carers”.

Jade enjoys school, and has friends, but needs support to maintain friendships. She is experiencing a slight delay in her education development, especially in maths and literacy, due to lack of attendance in the past, but is catching up fast with classroom support.

Jade says: “I am looking forward having a new mum and dad who will let me and my brother stay together. I hope they will not shout and scare me, and that we will go on lots of holidays to the seaside. I also hope they will let me have a rabbit!”

MALACHI is a lively sociable little boy, with a zest for life and adventure! He loves playing in the park, riding his bike, and showing off his football skills! Malachi has a strong attachment to his foster carers. He has mild cerebral palsy, following his premature birth. This has affected some of his mobility on his left side and his speech is delayed.

Malachi’s development is being closely monitored by his consultant, who has described him as making steady progress in all areas. He is responding well to regular physiotherapy and speech therapy. He will require additional classroom support at mainstream school.

Malachi is very close to Jade and looks forward to her coming home from school. His new family will need to accept some uncertainty surrounding his future development.

Ethnic and cultural descent: birth mother: white English; birth father: black Caribbean (Barbadian)
Family needed: a one or two-parent adoptive or permanent foster family who can reflect or actively develop the children’s ethnic and cultural identity
Contact: annual direct contact is envisaged with Jade and Malachi’s birth parents
Legal status: placement orders
Support: includes either possible adoption financial support, or a fostering allowance
Preferred area for placement: any in the UK

Last updated: 31 March 14

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