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4/21/04-Tyler

Gift Of Love: Rita

If you have room in your family for an active bundle of joy, we have just the girl for you. Rita will definitely keep you on your toes.

Seven year old Rita is an active little girl, always on the run. She likes to play games, dance, ride her bike, and of course, "I like to play," says Rita. "She's a friendly little girl. She's a smart little girl," says Wanda Gaston, Rita's foster mom.

Rita is in kindergarten. She needs some one on one attention to help her reach her potential. She's also working on improving her speech. Rita says, "I like to ride the bus. I like to go to school." Wanda adds, "She can read, loves to write and draw. She's very inquisitive." Rita says, "I just like to read because it's fun. My favorite book is Dr. Seuss," says Rita with a smile.

Rita has been in foster care for two years removed from a filthy home, littered with drug paraphernalia. It has left her starved for attention and caused her problems getting along with her peers. "On the behavior part, I think sometimes she just wants someone to pay attention to her," says Wanda.

Rita would do best in a structured and disciplined family as the youngest child, but she would like siblings. She says "I would like to have a big brother and a big sister and a little sister and little baby brother."

Even if she can't have a big family, the one thing she wants most is the Gift of Love. Rita says, "It doesn't matter what kind of family I get just as long as they love me.."

If you'd like to know more about Rita call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275.

Gillian Sheridan, reporting.

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