updated 9/21/2010 5:15:36 AM ET 2010-09-21T09:15:36

ORANGE, Calif., Sept. 20, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Canyon Acres Children and Family Services, a Southern California charity organization committed to providing homes, care, treatment and supportive services for abused, neglected and emotionally troubled children and their families, today announced that Antonella Castro has joined its board of directors. Ms. Castro is currently an associate in the real estate group of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker LLP in its Orange County office.

"Canyon Acres is honored to have Antonella join the board," said Tim Bauer, Vice President of Development of Canyon Acres. "Her proven leadership and dedication to children will significantly help the agency deliver on its mission to provide care, hope and love to the children who need it most."

Ms. Castro's professional practice includes a wide variety of real estate transactions, including development, leasing, acquisition and disposition, and construction and joint ventures for public companies, institutional investors, developers, tenants and individual investors. Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Ms. Castro was a project coordinator for The Rodarti Group, where she represented developers and equity investors in all aspects of ground up construction. She also served as an extern for the Honorable Andrew J. Wistrich, United States District Court, Central District, Western Division, and as an investigative intern for the Federal Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C.

In addition to serving on the Canyon Acres' board, Ms. Castro is the Vice Chair of Orange County United Way's Women Looking Forward, and is an attorney volunteer for the Orange County Public Law Center. Castro holds a JD cum laude Order of the Coif from Loyola Law School and two BA degrees from the University of California, Irvine.

"Canyon Acres represents the best of what communities can do to help children and families in need," said Castro. "I look forward to helping the agency build on its 30-year history of breaking multi-generational cycles of abuse and neglect."

For more information, please visit www.canyonacres.org or call (714) 383-9335.

ABOUT CANYON ACRES

Canyon Acres Children and Family Services is committed to providing homes, care, treatment and supportive services for abused, neglected and emotionally troubled children and their families. Since 1980, Canyon Acres has been serving children throughout Southern California, providing the highest level of care and therapeutic treatment to children who suffer from a variety of emotional and psychological disorders. Canyon Acres gives children the nurturing, treatment and opportunities they need to grow up in safe, loving, and stable families. For more information about Canyon Acres Children and Family Services, contact Bock Communications at + 1-714-540-1030 or canyonacres@bockpr.com or visit the Canyon Acres Children and Family Services web site at www.canyonacres.org .

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