National Adoption Month Heart Gallery at National Museum of Play

National Museum of Play News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

October 6, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359,
Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Kate Runyan (Children Awaiting Parents) 585-232-5110

National Adoption Month
The Heart Gallery Display
at National Museum of Play®
November 5–30, 2011

Open your heart. Open your home. That’s the message Children Awaiting Parents (CAP) seeks to impart at The Judge Wagner 2011 Heart Gallery, a display of nearly two dozen photographs of children in need of adoptive families, on view at the National Museum of Play at The Strong® during National Adoption Month from November 5–30, 2011.

Twenty photographers volunteered to take the pictures on display in The Judge Wagner 2011 Heart Gallery. 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 Mark Soule, Executive Director of CAP. “The two parts of the adoption equation are the children who wait and the families that would adopt them. 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 aged 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 39 years, bringing together more than 6,000 children and families.

The Judge Wagner 2011 Heart Gallery display is included with general museum admission fees. For more information about CAP, visit


Note to Calendar Editors:  General museum admission fees to National Museum of Play change as of November 1, 2011.

Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Admission Fees ( as of November 1) : General Admission (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): Adults $13, Seniors $12, Children (2–15) $11, Children younger than two free, Museum members free.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $2 for members, $4 for nonmembers; children under 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only. Please call 585-263-2700 to reserve and purchase tickets.

Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.