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Child Protective Services swamped with adoption calls

Child Protective Services swamped with adoption calls

MERRILLVILLE | The Child Protective Services office in Gary has received hundreds of calls from people wanting to adopt a newborn baby girl found abandoned on a police officer's front steps, spokeswoman Ann Houseworth said.

"The outpouring of calls on behalf of this child have been unbelievable. It's touching to know so many people are reaching out to care for a child in need," said Houseworth, director of communication for the Indiana Department of Child Services.

She asks interested people to not call the office at the previously listed 800 number, which is needed for emergency purposes, but to instead call the Gary office at (888) 25-ADOPT.

Houseworth said the baby girl nicknamed Olivia, who is under the care of Child Protective Services, is healthy.

She said she can't speculate about what exactly the next steps will be toward her eventual adoption.

"We're still assessing the answers. ... If the mother of the baby would come forward, it would make the process easier," Houseworth said.

Meanwhile, Merrillville Police Chief of Detectives Jim Lilley said his department hasn't received any breaks in the case.

"We have no new leads and are asking that anyone with information call us," Lilley said.

He said police have continued to receive calls from those wanting to adopt the baby.

Anyone with information about the baby is asked to call Detective George Fields at (219) 769-3722, ext. 349.


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