Activities for National Adoption Month
CAP’s Annual Heart Gallery and Luncheon: November 6th, 2015
On Friday, November 6, 2015 Children Awaiting Parents will be hosting our annual Heart Gallery at Rochester Museum and Science Center as part of our National Adoption Month Celebration. The Heart Gallery will showcase artistic photos of foster youth who are waiting to be adopted by permanent, loving families as well as successful adoptive family portraits. We invite you to join us in increasing awareness of the need for adoptive homes for the longest-waiting, older children in foster care.
This year's Heart Gallery will feature a luncheon with guest speaker, Dr. Michael Bradley, adolescent psychologist, award-winning author of teen parenting books and adoptive parent of a child from the foster care system.
What: Heart Gallery Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Michael Bradley
Parents and professionals will learn effective strategies to address the needs of teens.
When: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Friday, 11/6/2015 (Doors open at 11:45). CAP’s Heart Gallery display of waiting youth will open later the same evening in the RMSC Planetarium at 6:00pm.
Where: Rochester Museum and Science Center
Cost: Luncheon: $50 per person. Heart Gallery opening in the evening: free
Contact: 585-232-5110 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register by October 16th
About the Heart Gallery:
CAP held its first Heart Gallery in 2005 with the support of photojournalist students from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and professional photographers from the central western New York area. Each year, during November, National Adoption Month we celebrate and build awareness of the need for family.
Many new relationships are made through the Heart Gallery. Photographers are excited to participate, families are happy that they are being recognized and the children are introduced to a new opportunity of hope for their futures. National Adoption Month and the Heart Gallery opening make November a very special time of year for all involved.
You can tour our gallery of waiting children in person during the month of November at the following locations:
On-going Heart Galleries in Rochester at:
- Rochester Museum and Science Center
- The Strong Museum
CAP's National Adoption Month Workshops
During the first two weeks of National Adoption Month, CAP will be hosting workshops open to the community on topics relating to meeting the needs of teens and families touched by adoption. The workshops are applicable to the following groups: adoptive families, child welfare professionals, educators, therapists, family law professionals, and anyone who works with or is a parent to teens (especially teens in foster care).
Workshops will be posted shortly. To find out more or to register, please contact Melanie Schmidt 232-5110.
About National Adoption Month
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week, calling attention to the thousands of children in the United States waiting for permanent families. Eleven years later, President Bill Clinton expanded the awareness week to the entire month of November.
One of the goals of National Adoption Month is to promote action. There are over 100,000 children in the United States who are legally free for adoption, and each year over 25,000 youth “age-out” of the system, going out into the world without the benefit and stabilization of having a family. The odds of ending up in jail, homeless, and/or unemployed are very high, and the futures of many of those who age-out are bleak.
What Can You Do?
• Host a Heart Gallery exhibit at your place of employment
• Sponsor an information meeting at your faith organization
• Spread the word about Children Awaiting Parents through your social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
• Sponsor a child to build resources to find him/her a loving, adoptive family!