ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico program aimed at raising awareness about the number of children in foster care and those who are waiting to be adopted is getting a boost this weekend.
Gov. Susana Martinez and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry are unveiling the state’s newest Heart Gallery exhibit at Albuquerque’s international airport on Saturday.
The new gallery features portraits of children in foster care with the state Children, Youth and Families Department. The children are ready to be adopted.
The program began in 2001 at the suggestion of Santa Fe photographer and adoptive mother Cathy Maier Callanan.
Now, there are eight permanent Heart Gallery displays throughout New Mexico. They include exhibits at the governor’s office, The Pit at the University of New Mexico, UNM Hospital in Albuquerque and Christus St. Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe.
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