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News Release    

October 30, 2008      

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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Dutchess County Hosts Heart Gallery of the Mid Hudson

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and Department of Social Services Commissioner Robert Allers are pleased to announce Dutchess County will be hosting the Heart Gallery of the Mid Hudson from Friday, October 31st to Sunday, November 2nd at the Poughkeepsie Galleria’s Center Court to raise awareness about children in foster care who are hoping for a permanent home and family.

“These children deserve a home and a family to love them,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “This is a wonderful opportunity for local families thinking about adoption to learn more about how they can open their home and their hearts to a child.”

The Heart Gallery of the Mid Hudson features photographs and videos of children currently in foster care who are seeking adoptive families and homes and is sponsored by the Departments of Social Services of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester counties.

Professional photographers and videographers from around the Mid-Hudson region have donated their time and talent to create portraits of 32 children in foster care who are hoping for a permanent home and family. 

The portraits capture the spirit and individuality of each child.  These qualities are all-too-often invisible in the typical shots that accompany the children’s files once they have entered the foster care system.  Each of these young faces tells a story of children waiting to belong and be loved; their hopes, dreams and talents waiting to be nurtured by their “forever family.”

“It only takes one person to make a difference in the lives of these children,” said Social Services Commissioner Robert Allers.  “The Heart Gallery is very effective in making the community aware of the need for permanency and homes for these children.  Together we’re making a difference in the lives of these kids and in society.”

The adoption process through the Department of Social Services is easier than most people realize, and parents are carefully trained and able to choose the children they foster or adopt.  There is not a specific income requirement and potential adoptive parents need not own their own homes, but cases are considered on a case-by-case basis.

For more information about the Heart Gallery of the Mid-Hudson or about fostering or adopting through the Department of Social Services, call 845-486-3076. 



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