On April 15, 2010, the first Heart Gallery in Canada was officially launched. The pilot project was championed by the ACC and the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CASO), in conjunction with Tripp Photography and Associates. Funding to develop and sustain the Ottawa Heart Gallery was generously provided by Jockey Being Family, CASO, and the ACC.
Over the past three years, CASO has integrated the Heart Gallery as an effective recruitment strategy. The Heart Gallery is multifaceted. It helps to: empower children and youth by giving them an active role in their destiny; create a positive identity within children and youth; capture and showcase the inner and outer beauty of children and youth; create community awareness about the need and opportunity to provide permanent homes for children and youth in foster and group care. Of the 39 children photographed in Ottawa, 35 have been placed in their permanent adoption homes.
The Heart Gallery in Canada has now expanded to include a second pilot region: Guelph & Wellington County. This project is a partnership between the ACC, Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County (FCS Guelph), and Dean Palmer Photography. The Guelph Heart Gallery officially launched to the public on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Funding to launch the second Heart Gallery project was kindly provided by Jockey Being Family, The Co-Operators, ACC, FCS Guelph, and Platters Catering.
It is our belief that every child, youth, sibling group regardless of age, unique need or length of time in foster care, has a right to a permanent, legal connection to a caring family. The Heart Gallery will change the face of adoption in our communities, and eventually, across the country.