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March 7, 2013
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Having a heart for foster kids awaiting adoption

Colorado is among 42 states across the nation to have an active Heart Gallery, which is a display of professionally taken photos of children who are in foster care and have been waiting the longest for an adoptive family. The faces of the children featured in the Colorado Heart Gallery tell incredibly compelling and touching stories.-

Colorado's gallery will be on display at the Mesa Mall in the Target wing (in the previous Bonworth location) from now through April 2.

During the month of March, Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties will also honor the adoptive families who have opened their hearts and homes to become the lifelong families for these children and will recognize a supportive business from each community.- -

"Adoption is a very special process and we are so proud to sponsor the Heart Gallery in our community and to be a part of helping children find permanent, loving families," said Dena Neujahr, the support team supervisor for the Mesa County Department of Human Services.- ---

In Mesa County, there are approximately 20 children each year who become available for adoption through the Mesa County Department of Human Services and are in need of a permanent and stable home. These children are generally over age 7 and may have developmental, medical or other special needs. They may be part of a sibling group or have ethnically diverse backgrounds.

To view the gallery online or get more information about the Heart Gallery, visit

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