PRESS RELEASE: Heart Gallery Reveal Adoption Event at the Mississippi Children’s Museum on October 25th

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services (MDCPS) has collaborated with Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth to construct a large portable gallery containing photographs of children currently anticipating finding their forever families through adoption.

The Mississippi Heart Gallery Reveal Adoption Event is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Mississippi Children’s Museum in Jackson on October 25th. You can expect to hear from First Lady Deborah Bryant, while MS NEWS NOW’s Maggie Wade and MDCPS Commissioner, Dr. David Chandler will be in attendance, as well as a host of others with a heart for adoption.

Presley Smith, age 11, will be reciting “We Pray for Children” by Ina Hughes. Presley is the daughter of Sabrea and Michael Farris Smith; Mrs. Smith has years of child welfare experience and was instrumental in the development of resources for foster families across the state and Mr. Smith is the award winning author of Rivers and The Hands of Strangers. This isn’t the first time Presley has aided in the recruitment of foster and adoptive homes; she appeared in a brochure at the age of seven with that goal in mind.

Photographers across the state have volunteered their time and talent to contribute the 16 by 20 photographs that will be exhibited during the event alongside each featured child’s biography.
MDCPS recently launched the online Heart Gallery which displays a complete listing of all the Mississippi children who need adoptive homes, including photographs and profiles. Visit to view the precious children presently awaiting adoption and to learn more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent.

For more information about this event, please contact Leah Hill with Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth at 601.354.0983 or