Heart Gallery Display at The Strong November 7–30

The Strong News Release
NEWS RELEASE
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700 museumofplay.org

October 7, 2014

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@museumofplay.org

Kim Della Porta, 585-410-6325, kdellaporta@museumofplay.org

National Adoption Month
Heart Gallery Display
at The Strong Museum
November 7–30

Open your heart. Open your home. That’s the message Children Awaiting Parents (CAP) seeks to impart at The Judge Wagner 2014 Heart Gallery, a display of more than 20 photographs of children in need of adoptive families, on view at The Strong® museum from November 7–30, 2014. (November is National Adoption Month.)

Area photographers volunteered to take the pictures on display in The Judge Wagner 2014 Heart Gallery, and the resulting portraits capture each child’s unique personality. “It is because of partners like The Strong that we are able to connect to families in our area,” says Charles Reaves, executive director of CAP. “Children Awaiting Parents is dedicated to finding adoptive families for children in foster care who are waiting for loving parents of their own. National Adoption Month celebrates the creation of families for all children. This gallery helps make those connections.”

The first Heart Gallery took place in New Mexico in 2001. Since then, the concept has been replicated across the country. The majority of the children in the program are ages 10 or older; live in either residential care facilities or in foster homes; and are in need of permanent families. Some of the children may be part of a sibling group.

Children Awaiting Parents is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization that recruits foster and adoptive families for special needs children who have been waiting the longest for permanent homes. CAP has been serving the community for 42 years, bringing together more than 6,000 children and families.

The Judge Wagner 2014 Heart Gallery is made possible by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and Hillside Family of Agencies. This is the seventh year that The Strong has hosted the display during National Adoption Month.

The Judge Wagner 2014 Heart Gallery display is included with general museum admission fees. For more information about CAP, visit www.childrenawaitingparents.org.

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