The Indiana Heart Gallery, a compelling exhibit featuring portraits of
children in need of adoptive families, will be available for viewing in the
Portage Public Library Dec. 7 - 16.
The Indiana Department of Child Services uses the Heart Gallery to help
raise awareness of the many 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,” noted DCS Director 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 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
The Indiana Heart Gallery will display a dozen portraits daily, from Friday,
Dec. 7 through Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Portage Public Library, 2665 Irving
Street in Portage. Viewing times are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9
p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 – 5 p.m. The library is closed on
Sundays. 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 or to host a Gallery, call