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The Indiana Department of Child Services created the Heart Gallery, a traveling photographic exhibit, to focus attention on children in need of a loving home. More than a dozen photos of current foster children were on display at the Tippecanoe Mall, near Macy’s.
“Every child needs a family they can call their own. We need families that are willing to not just love our children, but also are prepared to commit to them, claim them as their own, and hang in there through there ups and downs,” said DCS adoption manager Sandra Caesar said. “Today’s foster children will someday be members of our community, neighbors and co-workers. The stability and permanency that adoption provides is a critical step in giving these children the best possible chance at success in life.”
DCS officials said more than 400,000 children are currently in foster care in the United States. Locally it varies from day-to-day, but DCS is actively recruiting adoptive families for 75 to 100 youth. IDCS Foster Care supervisor Jennifer Johnson said there is a need for foster care families.
“We do not have enough foster homes in Tippecanoe County to meet our foster care needs locally,” said Johnson. “We are trying to find adoptive families for children who are eligible to adoption. We are also trying to look for foster families who are looking to temporarily fostering children.”
DCS said in the state’s fiscal year of 2013, more than 1,300 children found homes with Hoosier families, due in part from the Indiana Heart Gallery.
The Heart Gallery is no longer displayed at the mall, but you can still see the children in need by clicking through the photos above.
For more information on the Indiana Heart Gallery, click here.
To find out more on adopting a child, call 888-25-ADOPT, or click here.
If you are interested in becoming a foster family for our local Region 5 – serving Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties, please call 765-742-0400.