Media Advisory - A Star for Rae - New book tells the story of foster children and families

    TORONTO, Nov. 30 /CNW/ - An illustrated book for young readers and
adults, A Star for Rae tells the true story of the special baby girl who first
made the Rieders a foster family.
    The story is told by 10-year-old Dylan as he describes bringing Rae home
as an infant, caring for her, watching her grow, and then having to say
goodbye when Rae is adopted by new parents.
    Touching and often funny, A Star for Rae provides a voice for younger
biological children in foster families, as well as insight into the child
protection system.
    It also highlights the fact that foster children and families are found
in just about every community. "Whoever they are, foster children are kids
just like you and me," says Dylan.
    The Rieders have had other foster babies in their home since Rae was
adopted. And though it's hard to see them go, they and other foster families
like them continue to open their homes and lives to kids who need help.

    WHAT: A Star for Rae, A book about foster children by Dylan, Cheryl and
Michael Rieder. Illustrated by Caylen Vossen. Published in Canada by The Kid
in Us(R) Ltd. 2007. Soft cover; 8" x 8". $6.99 Cdn plus shipping and tax.

    Available on-line at


    About the authors: Dylan Rieder attends school in London, Ontario. His
mother Cheryl is a former neonatal intensive care nurse and his father, Dr.
Michael Rieder is a pediatrician and professor at the University of Western

    About foster children: More than 75,000 children in Canada are in foster
care. There are over 500,000 children in foster care in the United States. The
children come from every race, ethnic origin and socio-economic category.
Their ages range from infants to teenagers; some have special physical or
emotional needs. All need a safe and loving home.

    About foster families: Despite the relatively large number of children in
foster care, there are surprisingly few resources for foster families -
especially with respect to families that have their own biological children. A
Star for Rae is a new resource for foster families and child care workers.

For further information:

For further information: about A Star for Rae contact: Susan Santiago,
(416) 813-8084,

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