The Indiana Heart Gallery, a traveling exhibit featuring 12 compelling portraits of children in need of adoptive families, will be featured Saturday during the Southern Indiana Autism Expo in Hulman Center at 200 N. Eighth St. on the Indiana State University campus. The exhibit may be viewed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Heritage Room.
The Indiana Department of Child Services uses the Heart Gallery to help bring attention to children in foster care in need of a forever home. Between 75 and 100 Hoosier kids need adoptive homes right now because they were removed from abusive or neglectful situations.
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.
For more information about the Indiana Heart Gallery, visit www.in.gov/dcs/3033.htm.
To find out more about adopting an Indiana child, visit adoptachild.in.gov or call 888-252-3678.