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Adoption RI's 'Heart Gallery' On View at Providence Children’s Museum
PROVIDENCE, RI – Through September, Providence Children’s Museum exhibits Adoption Rhode Island’s 10th annual Heart Gallery, a traveling exhibit of professional portraits of children in state care and awaiting adoption.
Every year, hundreds of Rhode Island children are in state care, hoping for permanent families. The children are generally between the ages of 5 and 17 and many have emotional, intellectual and/or physical disabilities and have suffered abuse or neglect. Some have been waiting for several years and have had multiple placements, resulting in numerous losses and separations.
Seventeen of these children are featured in the 10th annual Rhode Island Heart Gallery, an exhibit of stunning portraits by local photographers on view at Providence Children’s Museum in August and September. A booklet accompanying the gallery shares the heartfelt stories, hopes and dreams of the children pictured. The Heart Gallery has helped Adoption Rhode Island increase awareness of the need for loving adoptive homes for children in foster care since 2005, as well as increase rates of adoption of and support for the children pictured.
Providence Children’s Museum previously exhibited the Heart Gallery in 2007 and 2013. “It’s particularly poignant to display the Heart Gallery at the Children’s Museum because our acclaimed Families Together program – a collaboration with the Department of Children, Youth & Families – works on behalf of children in foster care every day, providing therapeutic visitation to help court-separated families rebuild relationships,” said Megan Fischer, the Museum’s interim executive director.
Museum visitors can meet representatives from Adoption Rhode Island and learn more about adoption on Friday, August 21 from 5:00 - 7:30 PM; admission is free from 5:00 - 8:00 PM, sponsored by MetLife Foundation.
To learn more about the Heart Gallery, visit www.AdoptionRI.org.
(release from Providence Children's Museum)