Tompkins County Public Library

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Heart Gallery will be on display in the Avenue of the Friends through October 5, 2012.

TCPL is proud to display the Heart Gallery in conjunction with this year's Community Read - The Life Before Us by Romain Gary.

The Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic and audio exhibit created to find forever families for children in foster care. The Heart Gallery of America is a collaborative project of over 120 Heart Galleries across the United States (and growing) designed to increase the number of adoptive families for children needing homes in our community.

Now, in its tenth year, the Heart Gallery model is being replicated in many communities across the country. Although many of our children were removed from abusive and neglectful situations, they still have hope. They love to laugh, to learn, and to be with their friends. Most of all, they dream of finding a forever family to be their own.

There are nearly 500,000 children in foster care in the United States.

Over 250,000 will never return home.

Over 123,000 need adoptive homes right now.

More than 29,000 aged out of foster care in 2008, at age 18 without anyone, to live on their own, unprepared and unsupported.

Can you change the life of a waiting child? 

Can you adopt?

Can you foster?

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