Heart Gallery Hopes To Inspire Families To Adopt Special Kids

Philadelphia - "Every Child Deserves A Family." That is the underlying theme the Heart Gallery of Philadelphia wishes to convey in an exhibit featuring professional photographers' compelling portraits of 14 foster children who are awaiting adoption in Philadelphia. The exhibit, which is on display in the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) B/C Baggage Claim through February 28th, is a collaborative effort between the Heart Gallery of Philadelphia and the City's Department of Human Services.

"There are hundreds of foster children in Philadelphia who wake up every day hoping that this will be the day a loving family will adopt them," said Mayor John F. Street. "Like every child, they want the love, security and emotional nourishment of a stable home life. This exhibit gives a face and a voice to these children."

The Heart Gallery of Philadelphia exhibit consists of striking portraits of children ranging in age from 5 to 17. Created to increase adoption awareness and inspire families to open their homes to children longing to be part of a permanent family environment, the portraits are accompanied by short biographies that include each child's interests, hobbies, personality traits, favorite subjects, and special characteristics.

"We share in the hopes of the Heart Gallery, the Department of Human Services and the children that loving families will be moved to adopt a foster child," said Charles J. Isdell, the City's Director of Aviation.

The Heart Gallery of Philadelphia is affiliated with the Heart Gallery, which was founded in 2001 by the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department as a way to give exposure to children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted. The first National Heart Gallery exhibit opened on November 1st in Washington D.C. in Union Station's West Hall and The Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda.

The Airport exhibit is the Heart Gallery's first in Philadelphia. In January, the second exhibition will be on view at the Please Touch Museum. The Heart Gallery of Philadelphia is seeking additional venues to host its exhibit as well as volunteers. More information is available by visiting the organization's Web site at http://www.heartgalleryphilly.org.

For information contact:
Mark Pesce
(215) 937-6944

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