Wednesday's Child

By: Denise Alex
By: Denise Alex

Every month we introduce you to a special boy or girl who is looking for a permanent home.

This month we want to share the stories of a dozen children, the ones commonly over-looked.

We take a look inside their lives for Wednesday's Child times 12.

Time to get focused on the task at hand, capturing all that West Virginia foster children have to offer, all in one photograph.

Last week, The Heart Gallery was unveiled at Charleston's Clay Center.

The Heart Gallery displays photographs of children typically considered the "hardest to place" - those who are older, teens, minorities, and/or in sibling groups.

Along with the photos are brief descriptions of each child, but it's the photograph that spells out a thousand words.

Behind the camera lens is Williamstown couple Dewayne and Ginnie Lowther.

The Lowthers will go wherever and whenever to snap the perfect shot and leave the posing to the child, but there is one thing that makes these pictures perfect.

"We go for the eyes. We look at each photograph that has the eyes. That tells who they are and what they are about," says Dewayne Lowther.

They want their pictures to tell a story and with every story they hope for a happy end.

"We go home with some mixed emotion but we also feel like that maybe what we're doing will help someone," says Ginnie Lowther.

The pictures have definitely changed the life of 14-year-old Megan who has been in the foster system for years.

"I never really thought of myself as pretty but that picture, I have to admit, makes me look pretty and the pictures I have had taken of me really lifted my spirit and really lifted my self-esteem," says Megan.

The Heart Gallery is on display in Charleston at the BB&T Bank on Summers Street now until November 18.

Then from November 21 through December 2 you can see the photographs at the Schoenbaum Family Enrichment Center.

For more times and dates log onto and click on The Heart Gallery icon.

The Adopt-a-Child Web site will also take you to these children and others up for adoption in West Virginia.

If you want to find out more by phone call toll-free 1-866-CALL-MWV.

And finally, if you're interested in adoption in Ohio, you can call your county children's services office. That number in Washington County is 740-373-3485.

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