Huge numbers come forward to adopt Angelica Leslie

    TORONTO, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - More than 80 individuals or families have now
come forward saying they would like to adopt little Angelica-Leslie. We are
having difficulty responding to calls in a timely way due to this huge
outpouring of care. At this time, we can no longer take applicants for this
little girl; however there are a number of other children waiting for
nurturing parents to care for them. "These children have lots to offer," said
Nancy Dale, Associate Executive Director, "they need parents to give them
love, stability and a solid foundation from which to grow. Indeed, we hope
that a number of the people who have called will become interested in either
adopting or fostering other children or youth who need them."
    Fostering may also be an option for those who wish to provide a nurturing
home for children, or youth on both a short or longer term basis. The length
of stay depends on the individual needs of the child and their family. Over
1000 children in our care rely on the nurturance and stability provided by
foster parents. "Both adoptive and foster parents can make a huge difference
in the life of a child. All children need role models and people to encourage
them to achieve their full potential." Those interested in providing a loving
home are encouraged to contact their local children's aid society.

    The Children's Aid Society of Toronto works with children and their
families when children have been or are at risk of being emotionally,
physically, or sexually abused or neglected.
    The Society also develops and implements child abuse prevention programs.
The Society is one of 53 children's aid societies in Ontario, and it is the
largest such organization in North America. There are approximately 880 staff,
700 volunteers and 324 foster families at the Society. In 2006/2007, we worked
with more than 11,800 families and more than 26,400 children. Additionally,
more than 3,000 children were in our care on a short or long term basis during
the course of the year. Eight out of ten children we serve are helped in their
own home.

For further information:

For further information: Melanie Persaud, Manager, Communications,
Children's Aid Society of Toronto, (416) 924-4646 ext. 2086

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