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[Adoption Coalition of Texas] 2010 Heart Gallery of Central Texason 2 weeks away
Adoption Coalition of Texas

September, 2012





Save the Dates!


Two New Sponsors for Heart Gallery Event

Forever Families – Watch the Latest Segments

Adoption Coalition is Looking for Donations


Adoption Coalition of Texas Information



·      September 20 - Heart Gallery of Central Texas Unveiling at Shoal Crossing Event Center

·      November – December – Secret Santa Program

·      December  5 – Mistletoe Jam, Threadgill’s South, Austin, Texas



We are adding new portraits to the website regularly, so be sure to check the website frequently and let us know if you’d like additional information about any of the children.  Don’t forget to get your ticket to the September 20th event.  Just call Murray Chanow at (512) 450-8608 or contact him at for information. 




Thank you for the tremendous response to our call for sponsors and silent auction donors for the Heart Gallery of Central Texas Portrait Unveiling & Supporter Appreciation Event on September 20th! We are honored that two more companies have joined our list of sponsors.

Kruger Diamond Jewelers

The Adoption Coalition has been privileged to work with the owner of Kruger Diamonds Jewelers for many years.  Jim Kruger has been involved with many programs run by the city, state and local non-profits that all benefit the foster children of Central Texas.  Every November during National Adoption Month, Jim presents children with beautiful sterling silver bracelets.  He has made it his mission to help as many children as he can and we are honored that he has agreed to help this year’s Heart Gallery.  Kruger Diamond Jewelers is located in the Barton Creek Mall and can be found at


Cook-Walden has a long history of philanthropic involvement within the greater Austin community.  I had the privilege of meeting John Onstott, the president of Cook-Walden, during last year’s National Adoption Month.  He and his staff offered up their services and helped feed an entire courthouse full of people, who were there that day to celebrate the festivities.  We are honored that Cook-Walden has decided to join our list of sponsors for this year’s unveiling.  For more information on Cook-Walden please go to


If your company is interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities or donating an item for the silent auction, please call the Adoption Coalition’s Executive Director, Murray Chanow, at 512-450-8608 or



Forever Families child profile segments air on Time Warner Cable’s YNN channel every Sunday. We strive to make the filming experience fun and special for the profiled child. We do an activity in which the child has expressed an interest to give viewers a glimpse of the child’s personality.

We deeply appreciate the time, generosity, and kindness our hosts extend to the children each week. We’d like to thank the filming hosts recognized below and encourage you to watch the corresponding Forever Families segment if you haven’t already by clicking on the child’s name or photo:


<span style="color:#CC0000"><em>Forever Families: </em></span>Inseparable sisters hope to stick together     Ruby & Emily get pampered at Keith Kristofer Salon

<span style="color:#CC0000"><em>Forever Families: </em></span>Future karate master wants a forever family     Take Another Look: Conner has fun in a local gym

<span style="color:#CC0000"><em>Forever Families: </em></span>2 bright brothers want an active family     Caleb & Logan have a blast at Dave & Buster’s

<span style="color:#CC0000"><em>Forever Families: </em></span>Loving 14-year-old seeks family support     Haiden loves the animals at the Austin Animal Center

<span style="color:#CC0000"><em>Forever Families: </em></span>Well-rounded brothers seeking loving home    Javier & Santiago kick around SoccerZone South Austin

<span style="color:#CC0000"><em>Forever Families: </em></span>Bright 12-year-old looking for nice family    Andrew practices his swing at Golfsmith Austin Arboretum

<span style="color:#CC0000"><em>Forever Families: </em></span>14-year-old looking for loving parents    Miranda learns some new moves at the Ballet Austin Butler Community School

<span style="color:#CC0000"><em>Forever Families: </em></span>A fresh look at a bright teen    Take Another Look: John explores The Lego Store at Barton Creek Mall


All Forever Families segments can be also be viewed from the Adoption Coalition’s website and are posted weekly on our Facebook page.

If you or your business are in the greater Austin area and are interested in learning more about hosting a segment filming, please contact Amanda Wintenburg at



With the year winding down, many companies and individuals may be looking to make donations for a good cause.  We ask that you please think about the Adoption Coalition during these times.  We are looking for a few items.

1)    Conference Table – The Coalition needs a 6 foot conference table.

2)    Easels – We need a few extra easels for this year’s Heart Gallery.  So if your organization wants to donate or lend us a few for this year’s exhibit – please give us a call.

3)    Computers – We are looking to upgrade our computer system and could use two or three new PC’s or laptops. 




Ja’myren (13)


Ja'myren is an incredibly sweet 13 year old teenager! He is extremely respectful and prides himself in his use of good manners. He enjoys all activities ranging from arts & crafts to sports. Ja'myren is gifted musically and loves playing the piano. He enjoys school, makes good grades and reports that science, math, and social studies are his favorite subjects. Ja'myren needs a family that has no younger children and will continue to help him grow into the wonderful young man that he is becoming!  For more information, please contact Stephanie Berka at the Adoption Coalition of Texas by email or by phone: 512-450-8750.



The Adoption Coalition of Texas is a collaborative effort of private nonprofit child placing agencies all working together to find forever families for abused and neglected kids languishing in the foster care system.

ACT Partner Agencies

Child Protective Services

Arrow Child and Family Ministries

Lutheran Social Services

Pathways Youth and Family Services

Settlement Home for Children


Contact Us

Adoption Coalition of Texas

5900 Balcones Drive, Suite 165

Austin, TX 78731

(512) 301-2825

Connect With Us

Adoption Coalition web page:

Heart Gallery of Central Texas web page:

Facebook: Like us at The Adoption Coalition of Texas

Mail List: join by emailing with Subject line of “Add to Mail List”

View Forever Families Segments: on the ACT website and on Facebook



Executive Director:

Heart Gallery Director:

Forever Families Director:




Murray S. Chanow

Executive Director

Adoption Coalition of Texas

512-301-2825 office

512-450-8608 mobile 


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