Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

A foster family for James

Anna* is a bright and bubbly three-and-a-half-year-old girl who needs a respite foster placement for half a week each week in the Galway area. Anna will remain with her birth family for the rest of the week.

Anna attends preschool in Galway five mornings a week, where she enjoys the company of other children. She likes to listen to nursery rhymes, hand painting and playing with sensory toys. Anna is beginning to sit upright, and she is enjoying observing her environment. She likes to roll on the floor and explore her space, being stimulated by sound and colour.

Anna needs to be with a carer/ family who can give her time for appropriate stimulation and movement. She suffers from a brittle bone disease and has a lung condition, but she receives wonderful support from the medical and disability services in Galway.

Anna will require peg feeding for a period, but spoon feeding will be introduced in due course.

It would be beneficial if potential carers have some medical knowledge, to help with the peg feeding and ideally live within driving distance of Merlin Park hospital should she ever require intervention. To date this has not been a regular requirement. Potential carers will receive training and support around her needs.

Anna has the potential to thrive in a caring and supportive environment.

For more information, please contact Tusla's national freephone fostering number 1800 226 771 or email tusla.fostering@tusla.ie. More details on tusla fostering services can be found on fostering.ie

*Anna's name has been changed to protect her identity

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