Center hosts Colorado Heart Gallery

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Raeonna, 10, likes arts and crafts, animals, singing and dancing. Her favorite colors are purple and pink.

Misti, 11, enjoys singing, especially Taylor Swift songs, and riding her bike.

Dwayne “JR”, 16, loves music, sports and cars. He is said to be social and have a great sense of humor.

Raeonna, Misti, Dwayne and dozens of other youth in Colorado are featured in the Colorado Heart Gallery, and are looking for adoptive families.

The gallery is on display in the main lobby at the Adams County GAovernment Center, 4430 S. Adams County Parkway, through July 30.

The gallery, created by Adopt Colorado Kids, is a traveling photography exhibit that features portraits of those children in the state’s foster care system who have waited the longest for an adoptive family.

“Adams County has been involved with the Colorado Heart Gallery since it began in Colorado in 2005,” said Ruth Kedzior, assistant county administrator.

“(The government center) was chosen because the atrium has plenty of space and a beautiful backdrop for the gallery as well as good exposure because a number of people come to the center for business on a daily basis.”

The gallery features five large, vertical, three-sided panels.

More than 90 children are featured on the panels, each with a small pamphlet describing the child.

More than 580 children have been featured in the Colorado Heart Gallery since it started, with a success rate of 48 percent of children and youth being placed in adoptive homes, according to the Adopt Colorado Kids.

More than 50 percent of children featured in the Colorado Heart Gallery in 2011 were placed in adoptive homes, the organization said.

More than 60 professional photographers have donated their time for this project. The virtual Colorado Heart Gallery can be seen at HeartGalleryCO.org.

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