Photographers aid in helping foster children find homes

Photographers aid in helping foster children find homes

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The Heart Gallery is a nationwide traveling photography exhibit, showcasing children seeking forever homes. There are more than 120 galleries across the nation, including in the South Plains.

Kathy Drake Dabbs, owner of Drake Design Photography, said foster care children need to be recognized. 

"I believe very strongly unless the general public is aware, they don't know of the needs and there are many needs of these children," Dabbs said.

She has always believed in serving others.

"For 24 years, before I became a professional photographer, I was a nurse," Dabbs said. "So I'm very in tune to someone who is having struggles."

Since then, there have been eight more photographers that have come alongside Dabbs in this unique and hopeful project. One of these partners is Childress Photography.

"I do a lot of photography for different people and this is one of the things that fills my heart the most," said John Childress, CEO of the company that shares his name. "Some are nervous, some are ready to have fun and play and they're excited about the photoshoot."

Some of the other photographers mentioned the things that they encounter during a photoshoot with the Heart Gallery clients: compassion and patience.

Many of these children have had challenges that other children have not faced, and yet they are still resilient.

One of the subjects for a photoshoot, Joseph, just wants to find somewhere to be happy like any other kid. Joseph also hopes his prayers will be fulfilled of finding a forever home. 

All of the photographers confess that the highlight and best outcome to the Heart Gallery photo sessions is when they receive an email that one of the foster children has been adopted, and this is the ultimate goal. For Childress, it is a goal of his to capture what is unique about each child. 

"My goal, if I can pull some personality in those kids, that if that comes across in the prints in the heart gallery, a future home, a future forever parents sees that then, I guess I achieved a goal," Childress said. 

All of the Gallery partners are with the Lubbock Interagency Adoption Council. The Gallery will be located at Holy Spirit Catholic Church until the end of the month. 


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