Indiana Heart Gallery visits Switzerland County Library
Friday, February 08, 2013 10:00 AM
The Indiana Heart Gallery, an exhibit featuring portraits of children in need of adoptive families, is making a stop in Vevay.
The gallery will be on display starting today at the Switzerland County 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 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.
Using the talents of professional photographers who volunteer their time, the 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.
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.
The Indiana Heart Gallery is displaying 12 large portraits daily, except Sundays, through Feb. 22 at the library, 205 Ferry St., Vevay. Viewing times are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The library is closed on Sundays. There is no charge to see the exhibit.
For more information about the Indiana Heart Gallery visit 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.