Rep. Karen Bass and Sen. Chuck Grassley chat at an exhibit of photographs of children in the foster care system. Organized by the National Heart Gallery, the show aims to bring attention to adoption issues in conjunction with National Adoption Month.
Those involved hope that through exhibits such as the Heart Gallery’s, a dent can be made in the number of children without homes and that, by raising awareness, legislation will effect change.
“Twenty-eight thousand will age out of the system without ever having had the support of a permanent family. For kids in foster care, the state is their only parent,” Bass said. “And it is our responsibility to make sure that our children have every opportunity to become productive citizens.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.