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Traveling Heart Gallery features children waiting for adoption

The brand new Adoption Rhode Island Heart gallery has been revealed, featuring the portraits of foster children waiting to be adopted. (WJAR)

A picture paints 1,000 words, and the portraits in the traveling Adoption Rhode Island Heart Gallery speak volumes.

Brothers Eli and Joshua are photographed together, and they hope that tells you something: "That we're happy together."

The playful brothers climbed into a rusty 1941 Dodge pickup and photographer Gene Hutnak, snapped away, noting their interaction.

"Eli would look out for his little brother and if Josh was drifting a bit Eli would pull him back," Hutnak said.

Another foster child, 11-year-old Anthony, is happy with his picture, taken at the home of the Patriots.

"I have a nice smile," he said.

Anthony told his friends they let him keep the shirt.

"It's Edelman No. 11," Anthony said.

The hope is that these portraits, all 23 of them, will bring awareness that there are many children in the foster care system who need homes.

And it works. A prospective adoptive father told Hutnak that a child Hutnak photographed two years ago, now has a home.

"He just wanted to let me know that he's adopting the child and how much that portrait means and how he can't wait to get that portrait in his home," Hutnak said.

The gallery will be traveling all over the state. In December, the portraits will be in the stores at Pawtuxet Village.

If you'd like host the gallery, call Adoption Rhode Island at 401-865-6000.

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