Over the next four weeks, the Annapolis Regional Library is hosting a traveling photo exhibit of children in foster care calledThe Heart Gallery, presented by Adoptions Together. This project is dedicated to raising awareness of the need for permanent families for children who are in the custody of the Maryland Department of Human Resources and are available for adoption.
The exhibit, at the Annapolis Regional Library, will help to boost the chances for adoption of 20 foster children whose photos will be on display until February 28. The Crofton Community Library will host exhibit during the month of April.
The exhibit uses acclaimed photographers from the local area to shine a light on the child’s warmth and individuality that are usually invisible in the typical shots that accompany the children’s files once they have entered the foster care system.In the region, around 1,200 children, ranging from infants to teens, are awaiting adoption. Nationally, almost 428,000 children are in foster care and each year 20,000 young people turn 18 and age out of foster care, often without the resources or permanent connections needed to make a successful transition to young adulthood.
For more information about the may ways you can help children in foster care –from mentoring to adoption, please visit the Heart Gallery website at https://www.adoptionstogether.org/heartgallery.