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Published on Jun 19, 2012
The Heart Gallery of Broward County, a traveling photography exhibit of foster children who are waiting to be permanently adopted, is celebrating its 100th and 101st adoptions on Monday, June 11. This milestone is commemorated with Miramar family Roy and Marta DePasquale's adoption of teenage brothers Tyler and Kyle, whose photos were first displayed by The Heart Gallery two years ago.
The adoption finalization will take place on June 11 at 1:30 p.m. at the Broward County Courthouse, in Broward Circuit Judge Susan Lebow's courtroom.
The DePasquales found Tyler's and Kyle's photos, taken by photographer Lee Ann Ropes, on The Heart Gallery of Broward County's Web site several years ago. They continued to check on the boys' availability for adoption with ChildNet, the private, not for profit organization that manages the child welfare system in Broward County. In August 2011, the DePasquales had the opportunity to meet the boys through a ChildNet-sponsored event at Boomers in Dania, Fla. The couple and the boys instantly connected, eventually leading to the adoption.
The Heart Gallery is displayed in many public places just like an art exhibit, as well as on the organization's Web site. Every photograph is a vibrant composition taken by a professional media or portrait photographer, and is coupled with a bio card that describes each child's personality and interests. The Gallery presents an emotional appeal to the community to adopt, volunteer, or donate money or goods.