SOURCE: Adoption Council of Canada
GUELPH, ON--(Marketwire - Oct 23, 2012) - The Adoption Council of Canada, in partnership with Family & Children's Services of Guelph and Wellington County and Dean Palmer Photography, is launching an innovative program, Heart Gallery Guelph Wellington, to find homes for children and youth in foster care who need permanent families.
The Heart Gallery's mission is to use the power of photography to capture the individuality and dignity of waiting children, to raise public awareness about their needs, to obtain support to meet those needs, and to find permanent homes for them. Our hope is that potential adoptive parents who see the portraits of these waiting children and youth will contact Family & Children's Services of Guelph and Wellington County to learn about how they can begin the adoption process.
We are launching Heart Gallery Guelph Wellington in the Atrium of the River Run Centre on Wednesday, October 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. As space is limited, RSVP is required.
The Heart Gallery Guelph Wellington launch will feature a panel of former and current youth in care. They will talk about what it's like to be in foster care and why it's important to find families for children and youth of all ages.
The panel will feature youth like Hope. Hope, 17, longed for a family to call her own from the time she was removed from her birth family. At nine, Hope was adopted. She feels blessed to have found a family who she knows will never leave her side. Hope has shared her experiences at foster and adoptive parent training with new prospective families and looks forward to participating in the Heart Gallery launch event. Hope explains that "every child, no matter what age, really does need and deserve a forever home and family."
We will also be hearing from Summer. Summer, also 17, has experienced more than 13 foster home moves and continues to hope for a permanent family to call her own. Summer has become an advocate for youth in care. Summer has not abandoned her dream of finding a permanent family who will support her and accept her for who she is. Summer reminds us that "we need homes, too. Not just young kids. All we want is someone to love us."
"In Guelph, we have more than 100 children and youth in need of a permanent family," says Sheila Markle, Children's Services Director of Family & Children's Services of Guelph and Wellington County. "We are excited to be partnering with the ACC, Jockey Being Family, and the Co-Operators in this unique initiative and are hopeful that the Heart Gallery will spur interest in our community about adoption of our children and youth."
Heart Gallery Guelph Wellington is made possible through the following support:
Jockey Being Family: www.jockeybeingfamily.com
The Co-operators: www.cooperators.ca
Dean Palmer Photography: www.deanpalmer.ca
Platters Catering and Events: www.platterscatering.ca