MECC, Frontier Health Partner in Adoption Awareness Campaign

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College, in partnership with Frontier Health, will host the Heart Gallery, a traveling photographic exhibit to promote adoption awareness.

The exhibit, on display in MECC’s Slemp Commons in Phillips-Taylor Hall from May 3-15, was created to find forever families for children in foster care. The exhibit features photographs and profiles of adoptable youth from across the Commonwealth. A special grand opening for the Heart Gallery will be held Wednesday, May 3 at 1 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

The state of Virginia has a high rate of youth in foster care without a permanent placement. Frontier Health and MECC’s Great Expectations program are working to change the perception of foster youth and raise awareness about the number of youth in our area that are available for adoption.

After leaving MECC, the Heart Gallery will travel to DePaul Community Resources in Abingdon, VA. The Heart Gallery is made possible by a grant awarded to Frontier Health by the Virginia Department of Social Services.

For more information on the event, contact Elizabeth McMurray, Frontier Health Post Adoption Services at or Kari Paschetto, MECC Great Expectations (