"Heart Gallery" opening gala held on Tuesday

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

Every child deserves a loving family for the holidays, and that's the whole idea behind the ''Heart Gallery,'' and Tuesday night, was the opening gala at the Perryman's home in Odessa.

It's called 'Heart Gallery,' because the State's Child Protective Services and many caring families have taken beautiful portraits of 35 Texas children needing permanent families.

The children have suffered in abusive homes, and the state has taken them out of that setting.

But now, they're staying in temporary foster homes until the state can find permanent adoptive families for the children.

"When that happens a judge ends up terminating parental rights and thus that leaves the child in the foster care system.  So we're trying to take these children and put them in the homes of Mom's or Dad's, or two parent families.  Families that will love, and protect, and nurture them, because we know these children deserve exactly what my children and your children deserve.  They just need a home to call their own," Marleigh Meisner with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said.

The Children's Portraits will be displayed at the Museum of the Southwest Children's Museum over the holidays.

And they'll be at several other locations, throughout the basin over the next few months.

If you have any questions, or you'd like to adopt one of these kids.

You can call the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services at 1-(800) 233-3405.