Created: 02/28/2014 5:40 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Nearly 2,000 children around New Mexico wait in foster care for adoption. Many of those kids will never find stable or permanent homes. But now there are photo exhibits around the state meant to bring awareness and put faces on just how bad the need is for the thousands who wait.
Dozens of faces now hang on the walls of the African American Affairs Building in Albuquerque.
This is the 14th heart Gallery to open up in New Mexico.
These are the faces among the thousands of New Mexico children who are waiting to be adopted. "Being able to look into the eyes of a child and just to see their soul, their character. Really, those eyes are windows that cry out for help," Yvette Kaufmann-Bell said.
Kaufmann-Bell knows all too well what it's like to be one of those waiting kids. She was raised in eight different foster homes and never found a permanent home growing up. She thinks the best possible outcome for any of those 2,000 kids in waiting is finding a permanent family.
"The stability. The consistency for a child. The safe home learning environment is very important," Kaufmann-Bell said.
The Heart Galleries across our state has become the passion of the state's governor as well.
"They're beautiful kids who live in our communities and were in some way failed by those who were supposed to love them. Today they quietly ask for just one thing: A family," Gov. Susana Martinez said.