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Adolescent Foster Children Showcased Through Artwork

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- May is National Foster Care Month, so Saint Vincent Charities spent the afternoon promoting its teenage foster children, by holding an art exhibit at Absolute Gallery, 307 E. Grand River.

The showcase was titled "What We Really Need," and gave eight young artists the chance to show their hopes in a unique way.

"What I made was a plate and it has a diploma on it and it represents how much I value education," said foster child Tristin V.

Children presented artwork and vision boards, expressing their dreams with a forever family.

"That's the whole purpose of this show, to let our community know that adoption is a great cause and we need to spread the awareness as much as we possibly can," said Adoption Recruiter Whitney Banks.

While many people look to adopt younger kids, today's third annual event promoted the importance of adopting older children too.

"Teenagers don't get adopted as much as younger kids, but teenagers need you the most," said Tristin. "They're about to transition into life on their own and they basically have nobody for them and family plays a big part in that because it helps them succeed."

During that point in life, children need a support system.

"People that work in therapy will say that the best therapy is having a relationship with somebody who cares about you," said Adoption Program Manager Kathy Yates.

The successful event led to many adoptions in the past, proving to provide that much needed bond.

The charity plans to hold another event in November, during National Adoption Month.

For more information visit St. Vincent Catholic Charities website.

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