Adoption Rhode Island Celebrates National Adoption Month at the State House

PROVIDENCE, RI – In celebration of National Adoption Month, Adoption Rhode Island will hold their annual State House Ceremony to celebrate adoption, raise awareness about the children who wait, and recognize selected Rhode Island community members for their support of the hundreds of children in RI state care hoping to someday have a family to call their own on Wednesday, November 19 from 5:00-7:30pm. This heartwarming ceremony is extra special as we will introduces Rhode Island’s 10th Annual Heart Gallery, a powerful exhibit of portraits of children in need of loving permanent families, put together with the help of several Rhode Island small businesses and photographers. Guests will be help us relive ‘A Decade of Love’ with a video presentation featuring photos of Heart Gallery children throughout the 10 years along with their now forever family.

As we unveil the Heart Gallery many of the children featured will be on hand to see their portraits for the very first time and to reconnect with the local photographers who donated their time and talent to create such a beautiful memory for each child. Others in attendance will feel the magic of the Heart Gallery, witnessing the hope in the eyes of these children, children who dare to dream that this will be the year that they will be blessed with a family as a result of the Heart Gallery, like so many children have in years past.

The Rhode Island Heart Gallery will continue spreading magic to thousands of people as it tours Rhode Island throughout the year. Everywhere the Heart Gallery is displayed, new people come forward to become a visiting resource, a foster parent, to find out more about adoption or to begin the process. Others have reached out to help the children by volunteering or sharing a talent or skill. Some feel a compelling bond with a particular child. And most exciting, some families have gone on to be a “forever family” to some of the children.

The evening will also include a brief speaking program, an Award Ceremony honoring valued supporters, and more.  It promises to be a night to remember. We invite the press and public and members of the media to join us for this free event. To learn about specific success stories of the Heart Gallery or any other event details, please call Donna Rivera at Adoption Rhode Island 401-865-6000.

2014 State House Event Awardees

 Beacon of Hope Awards 

This award honors individuals within businesses and corporations who have a strong commitment to providing hope for children. Many have demonstrated their commitment over time and often in multiple ways. These individuals are some of the shining stars who are often behind the scenes but are wonderful examples of how we can all help to create hope for children in foster care.

 Jason Rosa (Bristol)

Hope Full RI (North Smithfield)


Community Partner Awards 

An award given to an individual, organization, consortium or group who have demonstrated a commitment, compassion and vision for waiting children and adoptive families.

The Children’s Treatment & Recovery Center of Family Service of Rhode Island (Providence)

Vicki Fain Brisco (East Greenwich)


Above and Beyond Awards 

This award honors Social Workers and Administrators from the Dept. of Children, Youth and Families for their distinguished service.

 Colleen Caron (Providence)

Melissa Caruso 

Bridget Kinsella


Friend of Adoption Rhode Island Award

This award honors individuals and/or groups committed to our mission who volunteer their time, talent, resources and love to help

Rhode Island children in foster care.

Empire Beauty School (Providence)
Joyce Gervasio
RI Department of Health, Office of Vital Records


Kids Helping Kids

Recognizing children in the community who take it upon themselves to do something special for the children in state care.

Matthew Navarro (Providence)
Taylor Smith
(North Smithfield)

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