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Caitlyn and Harley

Picture of children with text: names and images have been changed to protect the children's identities We are looking for people to come forward so that children like Caitlyn and Harley can stay together. 

Sibling groups are among the children who wait longest to be adopted, as there are not enough people coming forward who are able to give them a safe, permanent and loving family.

It is important that Caitlyn and Harley are kept together as they have a very close sibling bond, and it would not be in their best interests to split them up to find them permanent homes.

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Caitlyn and Harley are searching for a family that can show them the love, warmth, and support that they need. Think you can help and want to find out more about adopting Caitlyn and Harley?

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About Caitlyn and Harley

Both Caitlyn and Harley have a rare genetic condition, and the signs and symptoms of this can vary widely.  It can impact on speech and language development, neurological disorders, facial features, developmental, motor and language delay, ADD/ ADHD and autism spectrum disorder. 

Because of their young ages it is not yet clear how this will affect them as they grow and develop.  Caitlyn and Harley's early life experiences were difficult, with their parents unable to care for them, which may also contribute to the children having some developmental delay, and they are both under the care of a paediatrician currently.

There is lots of support in place already for the children and their carers, and further support is available to help both the children and their adopters throughout their adoption journey. Our designated Adoption Support Team will help at every stage.

Caitlyn

Hello, my name is Caitlyn and I am 7 years old. I love being outside and playing games and hide and seek with my younger brother Harley who is 2 years old.

At school I really like my teachers and the people who support me, and this is important to me as I can struggle with my schoolwork and keeping focussed on the work I am given.  My schoolwork is tailored for me as I need work set that is for my learning age, which is about two years behind some of my friends.  I also need lots of emotional support to help me with my feelings and managing my friendships, and my foster carer also helps me with this. 

I like to be helpful and enjoy being given important jobs to help my teachers.  My confidence in trying new activities is growing.

Harley

Hello, my name is Harley, and I am 2 years old. I love cuddles and my foster carers say that I am a joy to care for and be around.  I am a busy, happy and quite a laid back little boy, and am cuddly and sociable. I also love my big sister and I also like to boss her around, even though she is older than me.

I'm starting to say a few words and I am very inquisitive.  I don't have lots of words, but I can follow instructions which shows my understanding. I love doing everything and I also love my food, there isn’t much that I won't eat. I go to nursery and playgroups each week, which is helping me with my speech and social skills with other children.  My foster carers also help me learn at home through play and reading.

I love vehicles and watching the bin lorries coming to empty the bins each week and I have some bin lorry toys which I love playing with too!

This is a real-life case study written by the children's foster carers. We have changed the children's names and the image is posed by models to protect their identities

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