The Cayuga Community College's Library Gallery @ 197 opened "Heart Gallery," a New York State Office of Children and Family Services exhibition of 20 portraits of youth awaiting adoption. The exhibition runs through Thursday, December 15 at the Norman F. Bourke Memorial Library on the Cayuga Community College Auburn campus during regular library hours.
"As you tour the exhibit and learn about the hopes, dreams and interests of these children, may you be inspired to open your heart and your home to a child through mentoring, fostering, or adoption," said NYS Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner Gladys Carrión, Esq.
The exhibition is a collaboration involving the New York State Office of Children and Family Services' Syracuse Regional Office, local departments of social services, voluntary agencies, and talented photographers from the Professional Photographers' Society of Central New York. These photographers have donated their time and talents to help children find families.
The exhibition was inspired by the original Heart Gallery held in New Mexico in 2001. "Heart Gallery" exhibitions introduce some of the waiting children through the artistic inspiration of talented photographers and have been featured throughout New York State.
The Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday 12:30 - 7 p.m. The Library is closed on Saturdays.
Currently, there are more than 1,400 children in New York State who are waiting for a permanent home. Most children available for adoption in the state are in foster care. For more information about the exhibition, call the NYS OCFS Syracuse Regional Office at 315-423-1200. For more information on adopting, visit the NYS Adoption Service web site at www.ocfs.state.ny.us/adopt or call 1-800-345-KIDS (5437).