The Cuyahoga County Moving Hearts Gallery is a traveling photography exhibit with beautiful images of great kids who are waiting to be adopted.
These photographs capture the children and youth’s personality and feature personalized captions from the children, answering questions like “What kind of family would you like to adopt you?” and “What are you looking for in a family?” Along with the displays, information is available about public agency adoption and who to contact to get started.
In 2006-2007, Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services (CCDCFS) partnered with the Adoption Network Cleveland to create a Heart Gallery located at Tower City Center in downtown Cleveland. The idea for this Heart Gallery was inspired by a project initiated in New Mexico in 2001. A Heart Gallery is an artistic exhibit of photos of children waiting to be adopted, typically older youth with special needs and siblings groups.
In August of 2009, we re-launched this project as the Moving Hearts Gallery. Like the original Heart Gallery, this exhibit will create awareness and educate the community about the need for adoptive families, especially among our older youth and sibling groups. However, unlike the original Cuyahoga County Heart Gallery, the Moving Hearts Gallery is available to travel throughout Cuyahoga County and be stationary in one month or longer intervals at such venues as hospitals, libraries, settlement houses, community agencies and museums.
Check out the online gallery and see where the Heart Gallery is currently located at http://cfs.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/heart-gallery2.aspx
To see photos and video profiles of youth available for adoption click here.
We are still looking for locations to host the Moving Hearts Gallery. If interested, contact Kathryn Mahon, Director of Development and External Relations at (216) 482-2319.
The Moving Hearts Gallery is sponsored by The Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services in partnership with Adoption Network Cleveland.