By Emma Hoggard
EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) — ABC-7 is partnering with the Heart Gallery of El Paso to support children in the foster system.
Many of these children are in need of forever homes. They are currently in the care of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, which is organizing the Heart Gallery.
“Before Heart Galleries, the only resource social workers had to advocate for the children in their caseload was a grainy photo taken on their cell phone. Their chance of ever being adopted was often less than 1%,” Kori Gough, Director of Heart Galleries of Texas, said in a news release. “The Heart Gallery was founded with the idea to instead use professional photographers to shine a light on these children. The results were staggering. Statistics now show that when a robust Heart Gallery program is in place, the chance of adoption has surpassed 60%.”
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“The Heart Galleries of Texas is more than just photographs, it is a testament to the potential that lies within each child, reminding us all that when hearts come together, we can change lives forever,” said Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, who also spoke at the launch event in El Paso. “I am proud to support the Heart Galleries of Texas and hope that this critical investment will offer greater dignity and stability for children in the foster care system who are available for adoption.”