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Manhattan Beach California photographer, Dani Brubaker, is using her art as a tool for social change with an editorial shoot for kidsLA Magazine featuring children who are available for adoption.

kidsLA Magazine contacted Dani for the fall fashion shoot and Dani had a brainstorm to showcase children in need of a family as models for the shoot. This project hits close to home for photographer Dani Brubaker, her biological mother had given birth to her in the hospital, panicked and left Dani at the hospital. Dani was then moved into a home for kids without parents. She was in many foster care homes before being adopted by one of her foster parents. "Being abandoned was a hard thing to live with growing up, but now I consider it to be one of my best assets. It taught me to see the world a different way. My adopted mother would always tell me that I was the lucky oneā€¦ I was 'twice' born. Being able to photograph kids that I can closely relate to will be extremely rewarding and I hope to capture the true essence that often is masked in these kids. The ultimate goal will be to show the world that these kids are kids in need of open arms", says Brubaker.

There are over 18,000 children in out-of-home care in Los Angeles County. About 9,000 are foster homes or group homes. Currently there are over 500 that are waiting for a place to call home. These children, most of them school aged, are moving from place to place waiting to be loved and waiting for a family of their own. "kidsLA Magazine and Dani Brubaker are doing their part to help find families for these beautiful children. Our goal is to help dispel some of the myths about adoption so that more families come forward to open their hearts and their homes to these children" says Sari Grant, Recruitment Administrator for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services Adoption and Permanency Resources Division.

Editor-In-Chief, Jemma Samala Gafford says, "kidsLA Magazine strives to focus on kids, families and the community. By highlighting adoptable kids in our Fall fashion pages, we aim to remind our community not to forget the many children being brought up in foster care, and that every child deserves a loving family home. By raising adoption awareness, we hope to make a difference in the lives of these children."

Our hope is that the photos will move people to action; we're confident that the news media will help publicize the need for families for these deserving children. The children will be photographed at the Staples Center with the backdrop of the Greatest Show on Earth - the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Every child needs a devoted family and compassionate home in order to blossom. The photo shoot is scheduled for Friday, July 18th.

Everyone is donating their services; the crew includes camera assistant, Yuki Tripp Ogawa; stylist Wyman Chang; hair and make-up team Jen Fiamengo and Rene Loiz. Several manufacturers have donated wardrobe including Akia Shoes, Baby Phat, Best & Company, Billabong, Charlie Rocket, Chloe, Crazy 8, Dakine Shoes, D&G, Enchanted Enfant, Guess, Gymboree, Juicy Couture, Kingsley Clothing, Little MissMatched, Lucky Kids, Missoni, Neige Clothing, Phat Farm, Punky Mae, Ralph Lauren, Rocket Dog, Sakrid Clothing, Skechers and Diesel.

About Dani:
First a painter, now a fashion photographer Dani Brubaker was born 1968 in Oklahoma. Part Choctaw Indian, she grew up by the code of the Native American Indian which reveres children, yet allows them freedom of self-expression - which is reflected in Dani's art. Brubaker's stylish signature photography appears in magazines such as Vogue Bambini, Lucky, CosmoGirl and Teen Vogue and her client list includes Billabong, Billie Girls, Perry Ellis, Cricket Kids, Soulmates, Tuliano, Ike Behar, 7 for All Mankind, Baby Phat, Mattel and The English Roses by Madonna.

For more information on Dani, or view her portfolio, visit: http://www.danibrubaker.com
For more information on adoption and foster care, visit: http://dcfs.co.la.ca.us/ or http://www.Kidsave.org or call 888-811-1121
For more information on kidsLA magazine, visit: http://www.kidslamagazine.com

For more information, or press inquiries, contact: Angela Krass/fotoprojx info @ fotoprojx.com

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