The Heart Gallery Display for National Adoption Month November 1–December 2

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 • 585-263-2700 •

October 11, 2019

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325,

The Heart Gallery Display
at The Strong® Museum
For National Adoption Month
November 1–December 2

Open your heart. Open your home. That’s the message Children Awaiting Parents (CAP) seeks to impart at The Judge Wagner 2019 Heart Gallery, a display of nearly 20 photographs of children in need of adoptive families, on view at The Strong museum from Friday, November 1 through Monday, December 2. Photographers from across New York State volunteered to take the pictures on display in The Judge Wagner 2019 Heart Gallery, and the resulting portraits capture each child’s unique personality.

Heart Gallery“November is National Adoption Month and the Heart Gallery reception on November 5 opens the month of activities as a way to bring awareness to our longest waiting children in need of a forever family,” says Lauri McKnight, executive director of CAP and the Donald J. Corbett Adoption Agency. “The Strong museum, a partner and friend of CAP, provides the opportunity for the community to embrace the possibility to connect children with families. The Heart Gallery reception is a beautiful demonstration of celebrating children, and we look forward to the community joining us at The Strong for this impactful event.”       

Children Awaiting Parents is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization based in Rochester, New York, that is dedicated to recruiting adoptive families for children in foster care. CAP has been serving the Rochester community for more than 45 years, bringing together more than 8,000 children and families. Children Awaiting Parents is the parent organization to the Honorable Donald J.Corbett Adoption Agency, working to provide Western New York with adoption services in-house, including adoption home studies, child matching, placement supervision, and post-adoption support. The majority of the children in the program are age 10 or older; live in either residential care facilities or foster homes; and are in need of permanent families. They may be individual or part of a sibling group.

The Judge Wagner 2019 Heart Gallery is made possible by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. This is the 12th year that The Strong has hosted the display during National Adoption Month.

The Judge Wagner 2019 Heart Gallery display is included with general museum admission fees. For more information about CAP, visit



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.

General Admission Fees (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): age 2 and older $16, under age 2 free, members free. Fees subject to change.

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