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This Portrait Gallery is Helping Central Texas Children Get Adopted

Joy Diaz, KUT News

Update: The Heart Gallery of Central Texas is on display at Austin City Hall through tomorrow.

Original story (Aug. 29): Think about adoption, and you’re probably thinking about babies.

That's one of the reasons why older children struggle to get adopted. Two other groups that have a hard time finding their "forever homes" are children with disabilities and sibling groups – about half of the children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted are groups of siblings.

One way to give these groups a greater visibility is through The Heart Gallery of Central Texas – a project of the Adoption Coalition of Texas.

A traveling exhibit showcasing gallery-quality photos of children waiting to be adopted, the Heart Gallery helped lead to seven adoptions when it was placed inside of downtown Austin’s YMCA. Listen to KUT’s report on the gallery in the audio player above.

Texas Standard reporter Joy Diaz has amassed a lengthy and highly recognized body of work in public media reporting. Prior to joining Texas Standard, Joy was a reporter with Austin NPR station KUT on and off since 2005. There, she covered city news and politics, education, healthcare and immigration.
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