Music and glitter; watching Little Mermaid and reading Dr. Seuss….these are all little girl activities enjoyed by 15 year old Anna. Anna is a happy, friendly child who suffered significant trauma as an infant resulting in many demanding medical needs. She has diagnoses of cerebral palsy, cortical blindness and seizure disorder. Since she functions at a developmental stage of approximately two months, Anna is content with visual activities and being around other people. Staff within her group home setting state she is a pleasure to care for and she loves to be in the center of household activities!
Anna is dependent on her wheelchair for mobility and relies on adults for her total care. She does not take food orally and is fed through her G-tube while her caregivers monitor her many food allergies. Anna sleeps in a low boy bed with rails.
Although Anna does not initiate communication she will sometimes make sounds of pleasure or similar vocalizations. Her laugh-like sounds and murmurs appear to be a direct result of the active stimulation she so richly enjoys around her. Anna participates in her 9th grade class activities to the greatest extent possible and is given access to a Big Mack, single switch device to encourage vocal output. Hand over hand assistance is necessary however she can operate a switch to turn on her music. Tactile, sound and smell activities are those from which she responds most favorably. Anna seems to look toward certain colors (red, green, blue) and when her hands are placed in a bucket of small objects, she will move her hands around and touch different things.
A family to best suit Anna's needs is one where she will be part of an active and stimulating environment. Her home will need to accommodate her wheelchair and assistance from the Department to make home modifications may be an option. Anna deserves to be within a family setting where she is loved and cherished. She has suffered significant trauma in her young life and she needs a very special family who can claim her as their own!
For more information about Anna, please contact: Sarah Colella
Adoption Resource Exchange
The CT Department of Children and Families,
1-800-842-6348 or 860-550-6371
Content Last Modified on 6/28/2017 8:16:59 AM