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A traveling exhibit that displays portraits of children in need of families to adopt them will make a stop in Gary. According to the Indiana Department of Child Services, the Indiana Heart gallery will be part of the Art in Motion Gala at the Boys and Girls Club on Saturday, March 29th. DCS uses the gallery to call attention to children in foster care in need of a forever home.
According to a press release, nearly 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, as many as 20,000 young people will leave the foster care system without lifelong families—many 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 portraits on Saturday, March 29 at the Boys and Girls Club, 2700 W. 19th Avenue in Gary. The Gallery will be part of the Art in Motion Gala, featuring the artwork of youth from Gary and surrounding areas. The Gala is sponsored by ARISE, a coalition dedicated to tapping the potential of youth disconnected from their families, schools and communities. Viewing times: 2 pm to 6 pm.
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.
About Indiana Heart Gallery:
The Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic exhibit the Indiana Department of Child Services created in 2007 to help find forever families for children in foster care. Venues generally include hospitals, libraries, museums and churches. There are more than 120 Heart Galleries across the U.S. and the exhibits have resulted in over 5,000 children around the country finding adoptive families. With help from the Heart Gallery, more than 1,300 Hoosier foster kids found forever homes in state fiscal year 2013.
About Indiana Department of Child Services:
The Indiana Department of Child Services is committed to protecting children who are victims of abuse or neglect. The agency's primary goal is to safely keep these children at home with their families by offering appropriate support services. It also manages the child support bureau. Indiana Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline: 800.800.5556. http://www.in.gov/dcs
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