Summit County Children Services (SCCS) has officially re-launched its popular ‘Heart Gallery’ photo exhibit at two area locations: the Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Branch and the Ohio Building 4th Floor Atrium, both in Downtown Akron.
The SCCS Heart Gallery, originally created in 2006 but not on display in recent years, is a traveling exhibit of photographs of local children who are currently in foster care and awaiting adoption. The children are boys and girls of all ages who are waiting for a permanent family to love, care for, accept and make them feel safe and secure. The children dream of finding a forever family to be their own.
This year’s new and expanded Heart Gallery also includes photos and narratives of three families who have made the commitment to foster care and adoption through SCCS.
The mission of the Heart Gallery is to raise awareness about the importance of foster care and adoption and to find a safe and permanent home for every waiting child. The Heart Gallery functions as an educational/informational display, helping to increase the awareness about the agency’s critical need for more foster-to-adopt families. General foster care and adoption literature is available at the display, as well as information on the children featured in the portraits with contact information for the child’s adoption worker.