Now when you take your children to the Thinkery children's museum, you might be drawn to a different kind of art installation. The Heart Gallery in the Thinkery's group entry lobby is a large TV monitor with rotating portraits of more than 100 Central Texas Children. They are all kids who are available for adoption. All of the portraits have information on the child and how to find out more about foster care and adoption.
It's the third site where Partnerships for Children has placed a permanent Heart Gallery. Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas and the Town Lake YMCA also have a gallery. You also can find the Heart Gallery of Central Texas online at heartgallerytexas.com/view-the-gallery/.
Partnerships for Children estimates there are about 900 kids in Central Texas who are available for adoption. The children featured in the Heart Gallery are older, want to be placed with their siblings or are medically fragile.
Partnerships for Children tells us that nationwide, Heart Galleries like these three have had a 60 percent success rate of children featured being adopted. Typically these children have a 1 percent chance of being adopted. Partnerships for Children has been able to find 306 children featured in a Heart Gallery a forever home.
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“We are very excited to host The Heart Gallery display at Thinkery, and remain hopeful that we will be part of helping these children find good, loving, forever homes," said Patricia Young Brown, CEO of Thinkery, in a press release.
The next time you're at the Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave., duck around to the group entrance by the first-floor bathrooms and show your children the Heart Gallery there. It's a great conversation starter about foster care.
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