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WINTER'S DREAM

Adopt Winter and Help Kids Find a Forever Family

The Governor's Office of Adoption and Child Protection, the Department of Children and Families, Eckerd Youth Alternatives and Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco have all partnered together on an adoption campaign called "Winter's Dream".

Winter's Dream is that every foster child available for adoption finds his or her "forever family". We look forward to celebrating the successes of children who are adopted as a result of the Winter's Dream campaign. As these children are adopted, we will feature their portraits on our "Dreams Come True" wall. The wall is a fixed display at CMA that highlights the adopted children. This is a long-term commitment and partnership that we are very excited about.

Explore Adoption
In honor of National Adoption Month, Florida is presenting 30 Days of Amazing Children: Explore Adoption! Every day teens, sibling groups, and children with medical conditions will be featured on the Explore Adoption web site at www.adoptflorida.org. "Winter's Dream" is that these children will find their "forever family".

Adopt Winter and CMA will donate 20&of each Winter Adoption to the Heart Gallery to aid children in their ongoing pursuit to find families.

Two ways YOU Can Help!

1. Adopt Winter
The levels of Winter Adoption include:
Guardian: $80.00
Friend: $30.00
Protector: $50.00

2. Help Kids Find Forever Families

The Heart Gallery works closely with organizations like Eckerd Youth Alternatives and Clearwater Marine Aquarium to help these children find forever families. Please review the adoption needs and consider if you or someone you know might have an interest in learning more about the adoption process. Adoption changes everyone's lives, and you will find many success stories in families that have opened their arms and adopted children.

Tell us how Winter has made a difference in your life

Dreams can come true. Winter lost her family when she was entangled in a crab trap at only three months of age. She was brought to CMA in the Winter of 2005 where she found her very own "forever family" of loving people and resident animals. Her new family worked tirelessly to help her overcome her physical challenges. Both Winter and her new mom, Panama, are challenged; Winter is tailless and Panama is deaf.

Many kids in Florida's foster care system face similar challenges; they have special needs and have been separated from their birth families, live in foster care and now need adoptive homes. Winter was a "special needs" adoption and gives hope to all kids waiting to be adopted. This campaign is about raising awareness of the need for Winter to be adopted and for children in foster care to be adopted.