Thursday, March 3, 2011

Heart Gallery

Each year the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc.
hosts some very special photography exhibits. 

The images are all of children;
children who have been waiting at least a year to find a family to call their own. 

The goal of the Heart Gallery is to raise awareness about adoption from foster care, and to find adoptive homes for more than 600 Massachusetts' children who wait.

There are nearly 500,000children in foster care in the United States.
250,000 will never return home.
123,000 need adoptive homes right now.
More than 
29,000 aged out of foster care in 2008, at age 18 without anyone, to live on their own, unprepared and unsupported.

Since its inception in 2005, over 200 children in Massachusetts have been photographed. The images are displayed across Massachusetts and New Hampshire. 

This week I had the honor of volunteering my camera, but even more, I had the privilege of meeting a wonderful person. 

How YOU can help children in need: 
MARE is always looking to bring Heart Gallery portraits to new and exciting locations in an effort to raise awareness of the need for foster and adoptive families. Do you know of a perfect place to feature a waiting child? Maybe in your office building? Or a local church? If so, then contact Elizabeth Yelle, Public Relations and Fundraising Associate, at 617-542-3678 or at


Tulaloo said...

This was also done for the children in state custody at the school I used to teach at. They featured the portraits at the local theater. Not only was it a fantastic program for the kids, personally for me it was so amazing to see my kids through the photographers lens. Thanks for doing this!

Jaycee said...

Love this Amanda. How old is she? Are you doing more of this?

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