Activities for National Adoption Month
CAP’s Annual Heart Gallery and Luncheon: November 4th, 2016
What: Heart Gallery Luncheon and morning institute with Keynote Speaker Dr. John Seita
Dr. Seita's experience as a former foster youth and personal research into evidence-based pracice will help professionals and families connect with at-risk youth. We invite you to Dr. Seita’s meaningful presentation and to view CAP's Heart Gallery photos of waiting children. The institute will equip attendees with skills to specifically address the truama faced by foster youth.
When: 9:30am Institute, 11:30am Luncheon Friday, 11/4/2016.
Where: Staybridge Suites, (Rapids Room on lower level) 1000 Genesee St, Rochester, NY 14611
Cost: Institute: $30pp, Luncheon: $60 per person (2 for $100). Early bird Luncheon discount of $10 if you reserve tickets before October 11th. Additional $10 discount if reserving both the Institute and Luncheon together.
Purchase a Luncheon table for $400 or sponsor a child or adoptive family for $100.
Purchase tickets by clicking here
Contact: Melanie Schmidt, 585-232-5110 (cell 716-418-6776) or email@example.com
About the Heart Gallery Luncheon
On Friday, November 4, 2014 Children Awaiting Parents will be hosting our 10th annual Heart Gallery at Staybridge Suites as part of our National Adoption Month Celebration. The Heart Gallery will showcase artistic photos of foster youth who are waiting to be adopted by permanent, loving families as well as successful adoptive family portraits. We invite you to join us in increasing awareness of the need for adoptive homes for the longest-waiting, older children in foster care.
This year's Heart Gallery will feature a luncheon with guest speaker, Dr. John Seita, Professor at Michigan State University’s School of Social Work, Author of several books on foster care reform and a former foster youth himself! Dr. Seita’s most recent book, “Growing Up in the Care of Strangers: The Experiences, Insights and Recommendations of Eleven Former Foster Kids” gives us a window into the lives of the foster youth CAP serves. Learn more about Dr. Seita here. Check out his recent publications here.
CAP's Stepping Up for Children Workshops
During the first two weeks of National Adoption Month, CAP will be hosting workshops open to the community on topics relating to meeting the needs of teens and families touched by adoption. The workshops are applicable to the following groups: adoptive families, child welfare professionals, educators, therapists, family law professionals, and anyone who works with or is a parent to teens (especially teens in foster care).
Each workshop is $20 per person or $35 for two. Click here to register for our workshops! If you have questions, please contact Melanie Schmidt, 232-5110.
All workshops will take place at CAP's office in Village Gate: 274 North Goodman St., Suite D-103, Rochester, NY 14607. Enter through the seperate entrance labeled "Children's Institue" and "Children Awaiting Parents" around the back of the Village Gate plaza. Workshops will be held in the conference rooms past the front desk (take a right at the front desk and you will see a sign with the name of the workshop next to the corresponding conference room).
Tuesday, November 1st:
6:00-7:30pm “Understanding and Managing Behaviors of Children in Foster Care”, Veronica Black, CAP’s Training and Family Outreach Coordinator.
Additional workshops TBD.
Click here to register for our workshops!
About the Heart Gallery:
CAP held its first Heart Gallery in 2005 with the support of photojournalist students from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and professional photographers from the central western New York area. Each year, during November, National Adoption Month we celebrate and build awareness of the need for family.
Many new relationships are made through the Heart Gallery. Photographers are excited to participate, families are happy that they are being recognized and the children are introduced to a new opportunity of hope for their futures. National Adoption Month and the Heart Gallery opening make November a very special time of year for all involved.
You can tour our gallery of waiting children in person during the month of November at the following locations:
On-going Heart Galleries in Rochester at:
- The Rochester International Airport
- The Strong Museum
About National Adoption Month
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week, calling attention to the thousands of children in the United States waiting for permanent families. Eleven years later, President Bill Clinton expanded the awareness week to the entire month of November.
One of the goals of National Adoption Month is to promote action. There are over 100,000 children in the United States who are legally free for adoption, and each year over 25,000 youth “age-out” of the system, going out into the world without the benefit and stabilization of having a family. The odds of ending up in jail, homeless, and/or unemployed are very high, and the futures of many of those who age-out are bleak.
What Can You Do?
• Host a Heart Gallery exhibit at your place of employment: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Sponsor an information meeting at your faith organization: email@example.com
• Spread the word about Children Awaiting Parents through your social media – Facebook
• Sponsor a child to build resources to find him/her a loving, adoptive family!