State­house will host cel­e­bra­tion of adop­tion

Woonsocket Call - - Blackstone Valley -

PROV­I­DENCE – In cel­e­bra­tion of Na­tional Adop­tion Month, Adop­tion Rhode Is­land will hold their an­nual State House Cer­e­mony to cel­e­brate adop­tion, raise aware­ness about the chil­dren who wait, and rec­og­nize Rhode Is­lan­ders and adop­tion pro­fes­sion­als for their sup­port of the hun­dreds of chil­dren in state care hop­ing to some­day have a fam­ily to call their own. The in­spir­ing event will take place on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 16, from 5:007:30pm in the Cham­ber Room on the 2nd floor of the Rhode Is­land State House. The heart­warm­ing cer­e­mony is made ex­tra spe­cial by the un­veil­ing of Rhode Is­land’s 13th An­nual Heart Gallery, a pow­er­ful ex­hibit of por­traits of chil­dren in need of lov­ing per­ma­nent fam­i­lies, pro­duced with the help of Print­mak­ers, Inc. of Pawtucket and sev­eral Rhode Is­land pho­tog­ra­phers. Adop­tion RI’s theme for the com­ing year and fea­tured dur­ing the State House event is “Chil­dren first, and al­ways,” a prac­tice they em­brace in ev­ery as­pect of their work.

As the Heart Gallery is re­vealed, many of the chil­dren fea­tured will be present to see their por­traits for the very first time and to re­con­nect with the lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers who do­nated their time and tal­ents to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful mem­ory for each child. Oth­ers in at­ten­dance will feel the magic of the Heart Gallery, wit­ness­ing the hope in the eyes of chil­dren who dare to dream that this will be the year they’ll be blessed with a fam­ily as a re­sult of the Heart Gallery, like so many chil­dren from past years.

The Rhode Is­land Heart Gallery will con­tinue spread­ing magic to thou­sands of peo­ple as it tours the state through­out the year.

“Ev­ery­where the Heart Gallery is dis­played, new peo­ple come for­ward to be­come a vis­it­ing re­source, a foster par­ent, to find out more about adop­tion, or to be­gin the process,” ex­plains Adop­tion RI CEO and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Dar­lene Allen. “Oth­ers have reached out to help the chil­dren by vol­un­teer­ing or shar­ing a tal­ent or skill. Some feel a com­pelling bond with a par­tic­u­lar child. And most ex­cit­ing, some fam­i­lies have gone on to be a ‘for­ever fam­ily’ to chil­dren.”

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