Since November is National Adoption Awareness Month, a compelling exhibit featuring portraits of children in need of adoptive families, the Indiana Heart Gallery, will stop in Madison Nov. 5 - 11.

The exhibit will be on display at the Madison-Jefferson Public Library.  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 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 Director John Ryan. 

Photographers, who volunteered their time, captured the individual spirit and personality of each child. Heart Gallery photographs sometimes show shy children wrapped in their security blankets, girls dressed up as princesses, boys hugging dogs and siblings laughing together.

.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 or to host a Gallery, call 888.25ADOPT.