Let's say thank you to the foster parents of Ottawa!

    OTTAWA, Oct. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - October 21-27 is Canadian Foster Family
Week. During Foster Family Week, Children's Aid Societies (CAS's) across
Ontario will be honouring the more than 8,000 families who give themselves to
serve children and youth, and the community, by being foster parents.
    Foster parents work with the CAS staff as part of a team to develop a
plan for each child in care. The ideal plan is to reunite a child with their
family but when this is not possible, the plan may include adoption or long
term foster care. Stable, committed foster families are key in encouraging
healthy growth and development in children.
    The Ottawa CAS has approximately 240 foster families and they will be
celebrated at a banquet held October 19, 2007. Specifically mentioned at this
event are the foster parents who have reached the milestones of 5, 10, 15, 20
and 25 years of dedication to the children in their community.
    As the numbers of children coming into care have increased across Canada,
and in Ottawa, there are more pressures for more people to step forward to
dedicate themselves to becoming foster parents

    What:                Foster Parent Recognition Ceremonies

    When:                Friday, October 19, 2007

                         7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Boom Chicks Entertainment

                         8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Recognition Ceremony

    Where:               Hellenic Banquet Hall, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive

    Media Availability:  Barbara MacKinnon, CAS Executive Director;
                         Foster Parent (tbd)

For further information:

For further information: France Clost, Communications Officer, (613)
747-7800 x 2033, fclost@casott.on.ca

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