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Activities for National Adoption Month

CAP’s Annual Heart Gallery and Luncheon: November 6th, 2015  


On Friday, November 6, 2015 Children Awaiting Parents will be hosting our annual Heart Gallery at Rochester Museum and Science Center 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.

Dr. Michael BradleyThis year's Heart Gallery will feature a luncheon with guest speaker, Dr. Michael Bradley, adolescent psychologist, award-winning author of teen parenting books and adoptive parent of a child from the foster care system.

What: Heart Gallery Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Michael Bradley

Parents and professionals will learn effective strategies to address the needs of teens.

When: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Friday, 11/6/2015 (Doors open at 11:45). CAP’s Heart Gallery reception will occur later that same evening at 6:00pm.

Where: Rochester Museum and Science Center (Luncheon at Eisenhart Auditorium, Reception in the Bausch Auditorium) 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

Cost: Luncheon: $50 per person (2 for $90). Heart Gallery reception in the evening: free

Register for the Luncheon here by October 29

Contact: Melanie Schmidt, 585-232-5110 or melanie@capbook.org 


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).

The following is a listing of our workshopsEach 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 3rd:

6:00-6:45pmUnderstanding and Managing Behaviors of Children in Foster Care”, Veronica Black, CAP’s Training and Family Outreach Coordinator.

7:00-7:45pm "The importance of credit and finances during the adoption process and beyond", Matthew Sitler, CAP Board Member and 5-year C.A.S.H. Advisor for the Empire Justice Center.

Thursday, November 5th:

6:00-6:45pm “The Effects of Trauma on Child Development”, Ashley DiMino, LMHC, Clinical Therapist., Families and Professionals will learn how trauma effects the body and brain development and how to foster resilience in children.

7:00-7:45pm “Real Solutions for real kids: Parenting Kids with Mental Health Diagnosis”, Stacy Darmiento, Multi-cultural Adoptive Mom of 5 children. NAMI member and facilitator of Mental Health Support Groups. Employed at Eastman Dental Pediatrics.

Tuesday, November 10th:

6:00-6:45pm Parent Panel: Experienced adoptive families will answer questions about adopting and parenting older, foster youth. A great opportunity for families interested in adoption to hear what it is really like!

Thursday, November 12th:

6:00-6:45pm “Empowering teens to be their own advocates”, Cynthia Gee, LMHC Program Director Bridges to Health Therapeutic Foster Care at Pathways, Inc.

7:00-7:45pm “Meeting the Mental Health and Developmental Needs of Hard to Place Foster Youth”, Cynthia Gee, LMHC Program Director Bridges to Health Therapeutic Foster Care at Pathways, Inc. Families will learn behaviors the may encounter in their homes and how to get past them and work towards attachment.

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:  

  • Rochester Museum and Science Center
  • 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
• Sponsor an information meeting at your faith organization
• Spread the word about Children Awaiting Parents through your    social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
• Sponsor a child to build resources to find him/her a loving, adoptive family!