Foster Children Featured in Portraits in Hopes of Finding Adoptive Family

LUBBOCK, TX - Children Protective Services in the South Plains relaunched their successful Heart Gallery portrait project to find local children in the foster care system families who will adopt them. 

"It makes them so real," CPS Adoption Program Specialist for the Region, Karen Tipton said. "It makes them just like the kiddos next door."

More than 400 children in region are still in need of their forever homes. It's a growing issue that is recognized in these portraits. 

"Essence of their spirit and their smile," Tipton said. "Makes them real in these portraits. The children are very proud of their portraits. They know it means the possibility that we'll find them a forever family."

The gallery features older children and teenagers that are harder to place because of their age. Some portraits include siblings in pairs or as many as five children together. 

Each child helped prepare a bio with a description of their interests in hobbies that is place above each portrait. CPS said they this could give prospective parents a connection to the child. 

"Sometimes there's a little bit of a challenge," Tipton said. "They're kind of afraid to trust sometimes. Are you going to love me? You're not going to throw me back like a fish in a lake? You going to keep me forever no matter what? But it's amazing to see the success when these children are placed in their forever homes."

Since the project started about ten years ago, Tipton said adoptions in the region have doubled. 

Anyone interested in learning more on the project can contact Children Protective Service at their local office. 

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