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Photo gallery features children waiting to be adopted; Display open to public through Dec. 8

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, November 22, 2005  
Contact Information:  Janis Stewart,(502)564-6786 or Anita Bruner,(270)687-7047  


Portraits of several Kentucky foster children who are waiting for adoption are on display in Owensboro for the next two weeks.

Ten photos from the Shining Star Photo Gallery will be showcased through December 8 at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) office at 311 W. Second St.

The gallery is a collection of portraits by 18 professional photographers from the Louisville area and one photographer from Owensboro, Keith Williams. It is designed to help find adoptive families for children in the state’s Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP). The cabinet and Louisville’s WLKY Wednesday’s Child -- a nonprofit organization that promotes public awareness of adoption -- are cosponsors of the display.

The public can view the gallery at the DCBS office from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on weekdays from Nov. 22 to Dec. 8.

Over the past year, the gallery has traveled to Louisville churches, businesses, cultural events, the Louisville Adoption Fair and the Kentucky State Fair.  These children with diverse interests and backgrounds featured in the portraits are a good representation for who SNAP is working to find homes.

“Our hope is that the more people who see these photos, the better the chances of adoption are for these wonderful children,” said DCBS Commissioner Tom Emberton.  “Sadly, we always have children waiting in the wings for safe, loving homes.  However, we can improve their chances of adoption through projects like this gallery. These moving portraits show the true ‘face’ of SNAP and encourage more families to explore adoption.”

Since 1979, SNAP has been recruiting adoptive families for Kentucky’s waiting foster children – many of whom are older, have medical needs or are part of sibling groups. The children have been featured on WLKY’s “Wednesday’s Child,” on WLEX’s “Thursday’s Child” in Lexington, in the SNAP photo book and on the SNAP Web page.

About 400 SNAP children await adoption.  To learn more about adoption and SNAP, visit www.chfs.ky.gov/snap or call (800) 928-4303.

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Last Updated 11/22/2005