The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 18, 2013

Photography exhibit displays portraits of kids in foster care


— The Heart Gallery of West Virginia will be on display at Calacino’s Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Heart Gallery of West Virginia is a traveling photography exhibit that features portraits of children in foster care who are eligible for adoption.

Mission WV staff will be available to answer questions about foster care and/or adoption and a short program will begin at 6 p.m. Waiting children will not be present — all children on the gallery have chosen to participate and are hoping to find a loving forever family.

This event is open to certified families and those just interested in learning more about adoption. RSVPs are appreciated.

The exhibit, named “The Heart Gallery of West Virginia – Portraits of Hope,” seeks to bring a face and give a voice to children who need and deserve the love of a family. By sharing their stories, the Heart Gallery hopes to touch hearts and find families for the children ready for adoption. Recognizing the need to accomplish this goal, photographers volunteered their time and talent to create intimately compelling portraits of some of West Virginia’s waiting children.

Many of the children featured have waited years to be matched with a family who will love and support them to adulthood and beyond. Every child deserves to grow up with the love, support and safety of a family.

Many children are still awaiting adoption. If you would like to find out more information on how you can adopt or how to assist Mission West Virginia’s Heart Gallery or the Frameworks Program, contact Mission West Virginia at 1-866-CALL-MWV or visit its website at

Calacino’s is located at 3611 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley