Foster children portraits on display at UNM's Pit

Nov 9, 2012

The state and the University of New Mexico have unveiled a new attraction for Lobo basketball fans, a "Heart Gallery" featuring portraits of children up for adoption.

Gov. Susana Martinez was at the university Thursday to announce the gallery, which will display pictures of foster children from the Children, Youth, and Families Department.

CYFD says it has a temporary display ready for the Monday's basketball season home opener at The Pit. A permanent gallery will follow.

Martinez says she approached UNM Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs about two months ago about installing the display at The Pit, which hosts hundreds of thousands of Lobo fans.

State officials says there currently are more than 1,700 kids in foster care in New Mexico.