Photos 'Deep in the Heart' Promote Adoption Needs

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More than 600 children are awaiting adoption in the state of Texas alone.

These children and their stories are often overshadowed by the shear numbers of children waiting to be adopted.

The Heart Gallery of Central Texas and the Adoption Coalition decided to tell the stories from one small group of local children.

They're doing it with photographs of the foster children in a special exhibit on display at the Austin Children's Museum.

The costs of the photography and printing for the 20 photographs were funded by private donors.

"There is a connection made between people looking at the pictures and the children, which will hopefully spur them on into the process of adoption," said Murray Chanow, executive director of the Adoption Coalition of Texas.

"You see the face of the children you can get to know them, their story, and personality. There is no reason a kid should have to spend his entire child life in the foster care system," he added.

Another 150 photographs will be displayed in businesses and public places throughout the Austin metropolitan area.

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