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Portrait gallery spotlights children awaiting adoption; American Founders Bank opens exhibit with reception Thursday night

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 21, 2006  
Contact Information:  Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180; Vikki Franklin,502) 564-7042; or Mike Grimes, (502) 564-2174  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 21, 2006) – Portraits of several Central Kentucky foster children who are waiting for adoption will be on display in Frankfort this week.

The Heart Gallery will premiere with a reception Thursday, March 23, at American Founders Bank, 201 Limestone Drive.

The event, presented by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Franklin County Family Court and the Art Area of Kentucky State University, is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and includes refreshments.

Fourteen portraits will be showcased in the bank’s lobby through Friday, April 28.

The gallery is designed to help find adoptive families for children in the cabinet’s Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP).

The collection is one of the cabinet’s more innovative recruitment tools, said Department for Community Based Services Commissioner Tom Emberton Jr.

“These pictures are a good representation of who SNAP is working to find homes for – children with diverse interests and backgrounds who just want permanent, loving homes,” he said.

Each child’s portrait is paired with a biography listing hobbies and unique characteristics.

Emberton said that by working with family court and private businesses such as American Founders, the state may be able to achieve permanency more quickly for children.

“In partnership with these organizations, we are reaching people who otherwise may not consider adoption,” he said. ”This is just one more way we can encourage families to make room in their homes and their lives for Kentucky’s waiting children.”

More than 400 SNAP children await adoption.

The public can see the gallery in the American Founders lobby during the bank’s lobby hours: Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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” in Louisville, on WLEX’s “Thursday’s Child” in Lexington and on the SNAP Web page.

To learn more about adoption and SNAP, log onto http://chfs.ky.gov/SNAP or call (800) 928-4303.

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Last Updated 3/21/2006