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Daily from May 20, 2013 until June 10, 2013
Location: Jorgenson County Family YMCA, 10313 Aboite Center Road
The Indiana Heart Gallery, a compelling exhibit featuring portraits of children in need of adoptive families, is stopping in Ft. Wayne. The Gallery will be at the Jorgenson County Family YMCA May 20 – June 10. The Indiana Department of Child Services uses the Heart Gallery to help raise awareness about children in foster care in need of a forever home. There are approximately 1,100 foster kids in Indiana currently eligible for adoption and while many will be adopted by a relative or foster parent, DCS is actively seeking adoptive families for a number of them.
“All children want a home filled with love and a family with whom they can share their birthdays and celebrate holidays. They want a room with their own toys, to have friends, play sports and participate in after-school activities. Most importantly, they want a loving, supportive family to be there for them as they grow up,” said DCS Chief of Staff John Ryan. “The children featured in the Heart Gallery are no exception. They just need a little help from all of us in finding that forever family.”
Using the talents of professional photographers who volunteer their time, the individual spirit and true personality of each child is captured. Heart Gallery photographs sometimes show shy children wrapped in their security blankets, girls dressed up as princesses, boys hugging dogs and siblings laughing together. The children all have one thing in common: they need families that will give them unconditional love.
Over 400,000 children are in foster care in the United States. More than 100,000 are legally available for adoption and in need of adoptive families. Many of these children are older, in sibling groups that want to be adopted together or have special needs.
This year, approximately 20,000 young people will leave the foster care system without lifelong families—most at age 18. On their own, these young adults must navigate a weakened economy offering fewer jobs and less support for vital services such as housing. They deserve caring adults who love and support them. For some foster kids, getting adopted can mean the difference between homelessness or incarceration and transitioning successfully to adulthood.
The Indiana Heart Gallery will display a dozen large portraits daily May 20 – June 10 at the Jorgenson Family YMCA, 10313 Aboite Center Road in Ft. Wayne. Viewing times: Monday – Thursday, 5 am to 10 pm. Friday, 5 am to 9 pm. Saturday, 7 am to 6 pm. Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. There is no charge to see the exhibit.
For more information about the Indiana Heart Gallery, go to http://www.in.gov/dcs/3033.htm. To find out more about adopting an Indiana child, go to www.adoptachild.in.gov or call 888.25ADOPT.
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