January 26, 2010
Two County departments are teaming up to share the stories of local children in need of adoptive homes. Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Pam Slater-Price provided a preview of a photo exhibit called the “Heart Gallery” today at the County Administration Center.
“As many as 75 foster children are available every day through the Health and Human Services Agency’s County Adoptions. The Heart Gallery puts a face to the need, giving the public a chance to see beautiful photos of these children as the exhibit travels to Library branches throughout the county,” said Chairwoman Slater-Price.
Local photographers donate their time to take professional portraits of children currently in foster care. County Adoptions keeps the exhibit updated as some children are adopted and others become available, and the Library provides 33 branches where the photos can be featured. It will be at the Ramona branch at 1406 Montecito Road in February.
The exhibit has produced an increase in calls from people who want information about adoptions, and has also raised awareness about the need for adoptive families.
Supervisor Slater-Price will be joined by Library Director José Aponte and Kim Lams, who found her forever family through County Adoptions, adopting 7-year-old Melody and 6-year-old Valina last year.
To see some of the photos featured in the Heart Gallery, visit the County’s Facebook page. For more information about adoptions, visit the Health and Human Services Agency Adoptions Program page, or call 1-877-I-Adopt-U (423-6788).
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