The MARE Heart Gallery is a striking exhibit of portraits of children in the state’s foster care system in need of adoption. Professional and amateur photographers volunteer their expertise to create remarkable images of the children. Most of the youth have been waiting at least one year to find a family to call their own, and include school-aged children, sibling groups, children of color, and those with emotional, intellectual, and physical difficulties.

http://www.mareinc.org/images/JordansFurniture.jpgThe goal of the Heart Gallery is to raise awareness about adoption from foster care and to find adoptive homes for the more than 600 Massachusetts’ children who wait. The portraits can be seen in various venues across the Commonwealth and permanent displays are in all four Jordan’s Furniture stores. We are grateful to Jordan’s for its commitment in helping to find permanent families for children in foster care.

Since the inception of the Heart Gallery in Massachusetts in 2005, over 200 children have been photographed.  MARE has been developing new ways of using these portraits and is displaying them in large and small venues.  A site can feature anywhere from one photo of a waiting child to more than 10. Some Heart Gallery portraits will be up for specific dates, while others may be up for an indefinite period of time. See the Events Page - Heart Gallery Schedule for specific locations. 

How YOU can help children in need:
MARE is always looking to bring Heart Gallery portraits to new and exciting locations in an effort to raise awareness of the need for foster and adoptive families. Do you know of a perfect place to feature a waiting child? Maybe in your office building? Or a local church? If so, then contact Janice Halpern, Director of Public Relations and Fundraising, at 617-542-3678 or at janiceh@MAREinc.org.

Our Heart Gallery Photographers

Agnes Kane
Amanda Borozinski
Beth Haller
Beth Reynolds
Chrissy Souder
David Tucker
Deb Hanna

Ed Eich
Emily & Mike Cuccaresse
Eric Hubball
Frank Siteman
Jackie Mastromatteo
Judy West
Kathryn Massey
Liz Linder
Mike Ritter
Patrick Lee
Patricia Basha
Suzanne Larocque
Scott Proposki
Teri Billington
Terry Louison

This exhibit is made possible with the support of: the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Jordan's Furniture, and the Department of Children & Families.

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Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc. – MARE- 45 Franklin Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 617-54-ADOPT (542-3678) – 1-800-882-1176 – Fax: 617-542-1006

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