Forever Families: 2018 Heart Gallery Reveal
This week The Heart Gallery of Central Texas will launch its 2018 exhibit. It showcases portraits of hundreds of local kids ready for adoption. CBS Austin features their stories on "Forever Families" every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
"We have families that are literally like, I adopted these children from this portrait. This is where our story started but not where it ended," said Kori Gough, executive director of Partnerships for Children, the only non-profit in the state that operates a heart gallery.
Right now, in Central Texas alone, there are more than 700 foster children looking for a forever family. Those who the state deems harder to place, are submitted to The Heart Gallery of Central Texas, which takes a professional portrait that is included in the online gallery and traveling exhibit.
"Before this, there was a less than 1 percent chance of these kids getting adopted. They would be aging out of foster care with no support and really a very bleak future. And since the Heart Gallery started, we are running about a 63 percent adoption rate now. Those numbers are staggering," said Gough.
Clarissa Peereboom is one of the professional photographers that volunteers her time and talent to help make a difference.
"It warms my heart and makes me so happy inside to know that my picture helped to get someone with a family, their forever family," said Peereboom.
The 2018 Heart Gallery Exhibit will be revealed at the Blanton Museum of Art on Thursday, November 9.
"To have everybody come and learn more about adoption. Break down any misconceptions or barriers and just really show off our children," said Gough.
After the reveal, the traveling exhibit will continue to make its way across Austin and Central Texas. You can learn how to host an exhibit at The Heart Gallery of Central Texas website.
"We've had it at the capitol, city hall, companies, churches. We're not limited. Families are everywhere," said Gough.