Can you give little Daniel, seven, a loving family home? ask Leicester care workers
Care workers are appealing to find a permanent home for a seven-year-old who has been living in a home for disabled children for almost a year.
Staff at Barnes Heath House, in Rowlatts Hill, Leicester, said they adored looking after Daniel, but he desperately needed parents and a proper home to grow up in.
The youngster moved into the children's home in February last year, as his birth parents were no longer able to look after him.
Paul Bakewell, who works with Daniel, described him as an "extremely affectionate and cuddly" boy.
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"He's just so happy. He walks around grinning," said Paul. "A children's home is not a bad place to be at all, but children should always be with a family – this is the second best thing.
"When he came to us it was mostly just anxiety, I think, but he would wake up all through the night and he would get frustrated.
"But he is much more settled now. He is so happy – he has that smile on his face 99 per cent of the time.
"He sleeps through now, waking up once a night at most, and he's really coming on."
Daniel has hypotonia, which means he has poor muscle strength.
He has to wear sturdy walking boots, but has no problem running around and playing.
He also has learning difficulties and cannot communicate verbally. However, he is learning Makaton, a language of sounds, signs and symbols.
Paul thinks he will be able to master the language better with the help of a stable home and loving family.
Daniel likes playing on his own and especially likes musical toys and being outdoors.
He is not yet able to play games which involve interaction with other children, but Paul think this is another skill he could develop in a loving and patient home.
"You could be an expert in disabled children and be a terrible parent," Paul said.
"We aren't looking for an expert. He just needs patience, love and care.
"He can still run around and play, but he is careful and takes his time and uses the play equipment he feels safe and confident on.
"People hear the word 'disability' and that's that, but Daniel is a unique boy who would bring quite a lot to a family.
"It must be tough for him, having 20 mums and dads here, who change every shift change.
"He is such a fun little boy and I know he would flourish in a loving family environment."
If you think you could offer Daniel – or another child in care – a loving home, call 0116 299 5800 or visit: