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Friday, July 27, 2007

'Heart Gallery' project touches Jerseyans' hearts



Two years ago photojournalist Najlah Feanny Hicks started the Heart Gallery project to help find adoptive families for some of DYFS's older and harder-to-place children.

The Star-Ledger gave excellent coverage to the project and the photo portraits made by participating photographer volunteers opened at the Liberty Science Center. A website was developed for the project and a partnership with NJ Adopt. As a result, 141 of the 346 kids profiled have been -- or are in the process of being -- adopted.

Today's Ledger profiles a new iteration of the initial campaign, in which one hundred permanent and nurturing homes will be sought for children who have been in the foster care system the longest.

The exhibit is expected to make stops across the state.

To volunteer as a photographer, offer a venue for the exhibit or make a contribution, go here.



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