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Daily Sun FILE photo The annual Heart Gallery during Child Abuse Prevention Month is taking place from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Navarro College Cook Center. It will feature special guest speakers and photos of foster children available for adoption to loving homes.

The local observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month continues Monday with the annual “Heart Gallery” event.

Held at the Cook Center at Navarro College, the evening will feature special guest speakers, and a display of photographs of foster children in North Texas available for adoption by loving families. The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, and is open to the public.

Among the guest speakers is a child who has experienced the reality of foster homes and will offer special insight into the need for adoptive families.

“We’ll have a child who has gone ‘through the system’ who is now an adult and was adopted just before becoming an adult,” explained Jenny Bratton of the Child Advocacy Center. Her message is one of hope, and of not giving up on being adopted, Bratton said.

Also speaking will be local adoptive parents Jason and Natalie White, talking about their experiences as adoptive parents, and how it has enriched their lives.

Sunday, several area churches will join the Children’s Advocacy Center and the Navarro County Child Welfare Board is observing “Blue Ribbon Sunday,” drawing attention to Child Abuse Prevention Month by passing out blue ribbons and offering a short prayer for children.

Blue pinwheels placed along the entrances of the Navarro County Courthouse along with banners about Child Abuse Prevention Month will remain in place through April 20.

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