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A BRIGHTER FUTURE


Many children who are taken into care have suff ered extreme abuse or neglect, leading to serious developmental problems. In the UK, there is a growing need for families to provide loving homes for these children, off ering them a better start in life.


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very child has physical and emotional needs that are best taken care of in a loving family home.


However, not all children are lucky enough to be born into the stable, loving environment they need to develop healthily. According to the NHS, there are approximately 4,000 children who need to be adopted each year in England alone, and many more who need fostering.


A TROUBLED PAST


A large proportion of children that are taken into care have experienced unsettled lives, perhaps including the trauma of loss and separation from their biological family, even if they were adopted shortly after birth. Some children may even have been abused or neglected in early childhood, or may suffer


from specifi c medical ailments or learning disabilities. To cope with their troubled circumstances children develop their own survival strategies which can lead to distorted views of family life.


FDEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS


or each child that has been taken into care, the extent to which their development may have been delayed can vary greatly, whether the delay is physical or emotional. For example, the child may act younger than their age or be unable to


perform tasks that other children the same age can.


Delays in child development are often caused by the following factors:  Foetal alcohol syndrome or foetal alcohol spectrum disorder is a possibility if the mother has abused drugs or alcohol during her pregnancy.


 Prolonged levels of stress during the mother’s pregnancy have been shown to affect the brain development of the unborn child.  Neglect or abuse after birth can seriously impact a child’s development. If a child is not 


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