Foster youth art show sells out in Gainesville


In Alachuca County, 111 children are in foster care. Throughout 13 counties there are less than 100 licensed foster parents with at least 300 children in out-of-home care. Many aren't aware of the trials foster children face, and Partnership for Strong Families - a community-based care agency - is looking to change that. The organization hosted an art gallery exhibit Friday for Foster teens to display and sell art they have created in a class hosted by local artist Hilary White and the "Made New Arts" program. An initiative built to increase confidence and self-esteem for foster teens by painting their past behind them.

Reporter Brooke Rayford spoke with foster teen Grace and her caregiver on how the art class has impacted her life.

In it's first event, each art piece was sold by the end of the night. And the organization said they hope it is not their last.

Stephen Pennypacker, President/CEO of Partnership for Strong Families said, “This event was a great opportunity to show the community just one of the ways we’re collaborating with other groups to help the children in our care. “We’re very appreciative to everyone who came out to support these kids. The joy on their faces at seeing a ‘sold’ sticker by their paintings is unforgettable.”

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