Adopt South, the partnership Regional Adoption Agency for Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton is reaching out to is reaching out to the wider community during National Adoption Week (Oct 16 – 22) to help them talk to anyone who could adopt the three boys and give them a compassionate and nurturing family life. To help with the costs of three very young children, Adopt South will provide extra financial support which could include an adoption allowance, items required for the home and getting the boys out and about.
The boys are one, two and three and half years old and are now at the stage where they are all talking, playing together, and learning from each other as well as having their own interests and friendships in nursery.
The youngest is Joshua* who has recently found his voice. At one year old, he loves to babble and chat away, interacting with his brothers and his foster care family. Joshua wants to walk everywhere he can, mastering steps and climbing. He enjoys making things and drawing and plays endlessly with his toys. He loves cuddle times and always wants to be involved in what his brothers are doing.
Liam is two years old. A curious little boy who likes to study and learn. His foster carers say he likes to construct and build, putting things together and taking them apart to understand how they work. He plays with his brothers, enjoys reading and cosying up with his foster carers, as well as sitting calmly and putting puzzles together.
Isaac is the eldest of the boys. He is good at getting into an activity, concentrating on what he’s creating and building. He’ll look up to see what else is going on around him and is very sociable at nursery and interacts with the adults around him. The boys are very energetic and enjoy being outside, going to the park and having days out.
Their foster carers said: “The three of them together are very busy boys. Liam, Joshua and Isaac are a delight, and they are very close brothers. Like all siblings, one minute they’ll be doing something together, but then there will be times they will rough and tumble, but they always love to listen and cuddle up to us when we read a book with them.
“These loving and giving little boys need a family life where they have lots of attention, activities, and interests to get on with. They are such good company, enjoy going to nursery and they eat well. They bring a smile to our faces every day. Our home will be a very quiet place when they leave, but we really want them to have the family life they deserve.”
Liam had a pacemaker fitted when he was a baby due to a low heartbeat, but it does not affect his everyday life. Isaac has a vision impairment and a squint and has a slight developmental delay but is making good progress. Both Isaac and Liam are under hospital reviews for their pituitary hormone function but are not receiving any treatment.
Rachel Reynolds, Head of Adopt South, said: “These three busy boys have a very strong bond, and we need to find a family to keep them together. We know the current financial squeeze might prevent people from speaking to us, but we will do everything we can to try and find ways to help the right family adopt the boys.
“Anyone can speak to us about Isaac, Liam and Joshua. You can call us or complete our online form and we will call you back at a time that suits you. We only take a name and contact details during initial conversations with people, because we understand there are many factors to consider when adopting three boys and embracing their story.”
For those who would like to know more about Isaac, Liam and Joshua, Adopt South has produced a sensitive film featuring the boys in their own home surroundings. The identities of the boys have been obscured in the film, but their voices can be heard.
Adopt South welcomes conversations with people of all backgrounds, including individuals who are single, over 40 years of age, LGBTQ+, and those who already have children.
The agency has a strong network of adopter families who are also mentors to those going through the adoption process. This is backed by many courses, using the latest training technology such as Virtual Reality to help families develop their parenting skills.
All Adopt South families have access to ongoing free advice, workshops and social events for their children up to the age of 21 years (24 years with an Educational, Health and Care Plan). If you would like to know more about Liam, Isaac and Joshua or about adoption, contact Adopt South by calling 0300 3000 011 or visiting Facebook (@adoptsouthuk) or Instagram (@adoptsouth).
*Names have been anonymised and the children’s identities are obscure in the video.