Adopt South, the partnership Regional Adoption Agency for Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, and Southampton local authorities, is seeking a forever family for an endearing little boy, in need of the special qualities of understanding parent(s) who can devote their time and develop a lifetime of love and support.

Noah is a happy three-and-a-half-year-old boy, with wispy blond hair, big blue eyes, a button nose, and a lovely, warm smile.

Noah likes to spend time playing with his wooden train set, singing and chatting away, joining them all up, as he pushes the trains around the track. He also enjoys his little cars, moving them backwards and forwards, whilst making lots of different engine sounds. He loves TV’s CoCo Melon, humming and moving like the animated characters on the screen.

Noah has exceptional fine motor skills and enjoys puzzles and working out sequences, building towers and taking them down again. He is an active boy at nursery and gets on well with the other children and likes to watch what they are doing. Noah loves to be outside, especially the sand pit, where he enjoys the feel of the soft sand as he scoops it up. At home, he likes to make cups of pretend tea for the foster carer’s family and takes their hand to show them if he wants to play with something or would like a snack. He likes to please and makes eye contact with people he is familiar with. Everyone who meets Noah has a great fondness for him. He knows the names of everyone in the house, regular visitors and remembers people he hasn’t seen for a while. He enjoys going to soft play areas, as well as swimming and getting his toes wet at the beach.

Noah likes lots of cuddles and will seek a hug if he can. It is not unusual for him to offer something he has, like a piece of his toast; he is very giving. His speech and development are delayed, but he is beginning to make lots of different sounds and say names. He likes to count down ‘3-2-1 blast off!’ and pretend to be a baby when he is playing with the other children in the home by mimicking certain behaviours. He has been diagnosed with autism, and an application for an EHCP (Education and Health Care Plan) has been made, to ensure additional help in school. Noah also has a specialist speech and language therapist who visits him at home and at nursery.

Noah eats a wide variety of foods, but prefers snacks, cheese, chicken nuggets, chips, and crackers. He will try other food when the other children are eating something different to him. He will be the only one who can get to the bottom of the yoghurt pot with a spoon and finish it all. He enjoys going out for meals with his foster family and will sit happily and play with small toys while waiting for his

food. Noah enjoys bath time, but he’s not keen on having his hair washed. He can go to sleep well at times, but he can wake in the night and take a little time to settle.

Adopt South has produced a sensitive film featuring Noah. His identity has been obscured, but you can hear his voice. You can view it on the dedicated #MeetNoah webpage on the Adopt South website.

Says Rachel Reynolds, Head of Adopt South: “Noah is such a very sweet little boy, who is so giving and a joy to anyone who knows him. He laughs when he’s shown something funny and is extremely affectionate, enjoying lots of cuddles with his foster carers. He loves to be with the family and is known for really enjoying social family events – he loves Christmas time, opening presents, blowing out birthday candles and eating cake!

“Noah will need the time and devotion of either a parent with extended family in the home, a couple, or a family with older children who could help him develop and learn as he grows.”

For Noah, we would look at a comprehensive adoption support package, which could include financial support. We are interested in speaking to anyone who may work or support children or adults with additional needs or have those natural and understanding qualities, who can offer their patience, love and empathy to help Noah be happy and develop.

Adopt South welcomes conversations with people from all backgrounds, including individuals who are single living with extended family, LGBTQ+, over 40 years of age, and those who already have children. You can call our dedicated team on 0300 3000 011, use our online form to call you back, or visit our website to find out more.

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 EHCP). There is also a community of adopter families who are mentors to those going through the adoption process and opportunities to meet other families with adopted children.