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Photo gallery features children waiting to be adopted; Display open to public through mid-April

Press Release Date:  MArch 17, 2005
Contact:  Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180
             or Anita Bruner, (270) 687-7047

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 17, 2005) – Portraits of several Kentucky foster children who are waiting for adoption are on display in Owensboro for the next month.


Twenty photos from the Shining Star Photo Gallery will be showcased through April 15 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. 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 through Friday, April 15.


Governor Ernie Fletcher spoke during the gallery’s premiere at Louisville’s Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center last May.


“Events like this gallery prove how community collaborations can work to the benefit of these kids,” Governor Fletcher stated at the premiere. “When the state joins forces with charitable groups like Wednesday’s Child, we get more done. And one by one, our foster children will be welcomed home.”


In the last 10 months, the gallery has traveled to Louisville churches, businesses, cultural events, the Louisville Adoption Fair and the Kentucky State Fair. Its next stop will be the state Capitol in Frankfort, coinciding with the final days of the legislative session.


“Our hope is that the more people who see these photos, the better the chances of adoption are for these wonderful children,” DCBS Commissioner Mike Robinson said. 


This year, new portraits will be added to the exhibit.


“Sadly, we always have children waiting in the wings for safe, loving homes,” Robinson said. “But 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.”


The children with diverse interests and backgrounds featured in the portraits are a good representation of who SNAP is working to find homes for, Robinson said.


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, log onto www.chfs.ky.gov/snap or call (800) 928-4303.

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Last Updated 3/17/2005