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.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.