Family Services Joins Florida Association of Heart Galleries

Establishment of Florida Association unites statewide Heart Galleries in purpose.

Family Services of Metro Orlando proud to announce its membership in the new Florida Association of Heart Galleries. This statewide network will provide support to existing heart galleries and assist additional communities in establishing new galleries of their own. Through the association, Family Services will be able to work collaboratively and efficiently with Heart Galleries all over the state, from Miami to Tampa to Jacksonville. Each city will share best practices for securing new display venues and creating brochures and other print media pieces for public use.

“It is wise for our heart galleries to pool their talents and resources to make our state even stronger in raising public awareness and recruiting forever families for Florida’s children,” said Jim Kallinger, Florida’s Chief Child Advocate. “We strongly encourage [all Florida heart galleries] to join the Florida association of Heart Galleries.”

Florida currently leads the nation in the development of Heart Gallery exhibits, with 15 in existence statewide. Over 40% of the children who have been featured in the Heart Gallery of Metro Orlando have been adopted.

Family Services new 2010 Heart Gallery of Metro Orlando will have its grand opening on September 15, 2010 at the Magic Experience Center in Orlando, Florida. This event will begin promptly at 6 p.m. and is open to the general public. Following the grand opening, the Heart Gallery of Metro Orlando will tour Orange and Osceola counties on public display.

Please visit our website for continuously updated photos of Heart Gallery children available for adoption.

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