MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Local foster children got dolled up and stepped out in front of flashing cameras on Wednesday for their chance to find a home.

It was all part of the Children’s Trust Miami Heart gallery photo shoot used to hopefully attract their future adoptive parents.

It’s something the kids say would mean the world to them.

For 12-year old Zamare, it’s not just any photo shoot. It’s the chance to find a permanent home after being in foster care for more than two years.

“What would that mean to you,” asked CBS4’s Summer Knowles.
“A lot,” replied Zamare.
“Why,” asked Knowles.
“Because I’m a nice kid,”replied Zamare.

For older foster kids like 16-year old Chanel, it’s a bit more emotional.

“It’s hard. I’ve been through a lot, and I just want someone to love me,” said Chanel while crying. “I don’t want to be in foster care anymore. It’s like I deserve somebody who loves me and will take care of me.”

Finding that for her and other foster children is exactly the purpose behind the Children’s Trust Miami Heart gallery photo shoot.

“It’s a big day for them. This amplifies the possibility of getting them adopted and for these children it means everything,” said Emily Cardenas of the Children’s Trust. “This is our contribution to the effort of getting these children permanent homes.”

Dozens of volunteers from professional makeup artists to barbers to world class photographers joined in to help the shoot come together.

“You basically use your skills and create something beautiful and give it up and then someone gets adopted. It’s emotional and you get a lot of satisfaction,” said photographer Sid Hoeltzell.

All of the pictures will be posted online.

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