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Exhibit features faces of SC foster kids
September 8, 2005

S. C. Heart Gallery Exhibit features faces of SC foster children

The faces of South Carolina's children will be on display during September as part of the state's first-ever Heart Gallery exhibition at the Charleston County Main Library.

The S.C. Heart Gallery is a collaborative effort of volunteers, photographers and the state Department of Social Services to give a face and identity to the state's foster children who are available for adoption. By capturing the spirit of these children through dramatic and compelling photographs, the hope is that they will be able to find homes and "forever families."

The exhibit, located in the lobby of the Main Library at 68 Calhoun Street, was opened September 8 and will run through the end of the month. Information on the children displayed and how to contact a social service agency about adoption will be available.

Local photographers donated their skills to capture the unique spirit and essence of the individual children. The organization's hope is to gain the attention of prospective parents who will see the faces of the children who desire the loving support of a family.

The Heart Gallery idea began in New Mexico and has expanded to 45 states. This is the first such effort and exhibit in South Carolina. Exhibits are planned for November in Columbia and next year in Greenville.

To learn about the program and to view adoptable children across the nation, visit www.AdoptUSKids.org for more information.