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April 2006

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Heart Gallery Exhibits, April 2 through June 4

The North Carolina Traveling Heart Gallery showcasing “Portraits with a Purpose” by leading North Carolina photographers is designed to raise awareness about foster care and adoption.

DustinMore than two dozen award-winning photographers have poured their hearts into photographing 35 of the 850 North Carolina children in foster care who are currently awaiting permanent families. Many of the children featured in this exhibit are older or are part of a sibling group, traditionally considered more difficult to place in adoptive homes. The resulting portraits, will be on display in several cities across North Carolina from April 2 through June 4. Adoption portrait works of the photographers may be viewed at

View the Heart Gallery:

Raleigh: April 2 – 14, Cameron Village Library, Reception April 2, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Raleigh: May 15 – May 19
Lobby, Legislative Building

Davidson: April 21 – 23, Young Master’s Studio, Contact studio for hours

Greenville: May 20 – June 4
East Carolina University. Mendenhall Student Center Reception May 21, Student Event Center, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Winston-Salem: May 1 – 12 Sawtooth Center

The public is invited to attend opening receptions in Raleigh, Winston-Salem, and Greenville where questions regarding adoption and foster care will be answered.

The purpose of the Heart Gallery is to educate people about foster care and adoption. “These photographs capture the character and essence of children in a way that snapshots just can’t,” said LaDonna Wattley, Community Outreach Specialist for NC Kids. “We are so grateful to the wonderful photographers who have donated their time and talent to make the Heart Gallery a reality. These portraits are true works of art.”

NC Kids Adoption and Foster Care Network provides information on North Carolina’s adoption and foster care program, and help families connect with agencies. It is a program of the North Carolina Division of Social Services through a partnership with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The original Heart Gallery opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico in spring 2001. Since then, nearly 60 similar exhibits have resulted in hundreds of adoptions, including some by the photographers themselves. Heart Galleries have been featured on the annual CBS special “A Home for the Holidays,” on National Public Radio, CNN, ABC, and in the New York Times, People, and Parade magazines. For more information on foster care and adoption call NC Kids at 877-625-4371 or visit

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