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There are over 425,000 children in foster care in the United States.
Over 100,000 need adoptive homes right now.
About 20,000 age out of foster care every year, at age 18 without anyone, to live on their own, unprepared and unsupported.

Can you change the life of a waiting child?
Can you adopt? Can you foster? Or maybe you can start a Heart Gallery or volunteer for one?

Source: AFCARS 2016
for fiscal year 2015
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What is the Heart Gallery?

The Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic and audio exhibit created to find forever families for children in foster care. The Heart Gallery of America is a collaborative project of over 80 Heart Galleries across the United States designed to increase the number of adoptive families for children needing homes in our community.

Now, in its sixteenth year, the Heart Gallery model is being replicated in many communities across the country. Although many of our children were removed from abusive and neglectful situations, they still have hope. They love to laugh, to learn, and to be with their friends. Most of all, they dream of finding a forever family to be their own.

Photos That Change People's Lives (click below for video)


Heart Gallery Related News


The 2017-2018 Rhode Island Heart Gallery Has Arrived!

The Rhode Island Heart Gallery is a traveling exhibit of professional portraits of children currently in state care waiting and hoping for forever families. The children featured in this Heart Gallery are only a small number of the children in foster care in Rhode Island who are in need of permanent families. Our NEW 13th Annual 2017-2018 Heart Gallery has arrived!! To view the 13th Annual Heart Gallery booklet click the image to the right. You can view this powerful exhibit at the State House until November 27th!

Happy Thanksgiving!

November: Heart Gallery Sarasota Seeks Luggage for Foster Kids (page 8)

This November we are working with The Heart Gallery of Sarasota to collect monetary donations as well as new and gently used luggage for foster care youth in our community. Donations will be accepted throughout the month. This effort will culminate on Nov. 29 from 6 - 7 pm in the Campus Center when we will gather in the Campus Center to bless the bags and to prayerfully fill them with necessities and comfort items.

Heart Gallery of WNY at the Ellicott Square Building

The Heart Gallery of WNY is a compelling photographic exhibit featuring children in our community who are awaiting adoption. This is an event that will surely touch your heart.I hope you will come out on Thursday Dec 7th to support The Heart Gallery of WNY, a photographic exhibit featuring children, in our community, who are awaiting a forever family. The event will surely touch your heart. We are so grateful for the generous local photographers who volunteered their services to spend time photographing each child, with the goal of capturing their individuality and beautiful spirit. The photographs will be displayed around a magnificent, decorated Evergreen tree in the Historical Ellicott Square Building. Hope you will come out and support the children in our community awaiting adoption and share with others to do the same. The event is FREE and open to the public.

Let It Be Us Visits Champaign, Illinois, Seeking Foster Adoptive Parents

Learn about the children in need of foster care and adoption through foster care. This town hall style event features licensing agencies in and around Champaign, Illinois. Whether you have your foster care license, or not, this is a great way to learn how to start or continue your journey through foster parenting and learn about opportunities regarding adoption from foster care. (Do you know that the majority of the foster care licensing process is now available online? Yes, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has made the licensing process much more user friendly.)

Heart Gallery Related News


Help older children find a 'forever family'

November is a month of giving thanks for family, a loving home, and a network of support and stability. Just as much as turkey and stuffing, cranberry sauce and pie, many children and parents eagerly await the joyful shout of: "Hi Mom. Hi Dad. I'm home!" This simple phrase is one that hundreds of children awaiting parents yearn to say. And while some older children, sibling groups, and kids with special needs may be successfully adopted, many more will not. We should keep this mind during November, which is National Adoption Month, and throughout the holiday season and beyond.

Matsu Foundation Grants Anchorage Alaska's Beacon Hill Money for Safe Families for  Children and Heart Gallery

Beacon Hill: $64,000 over two years to fund expansion of its Safe Families for Children and Heart Gallery projects that provide services to help families in crisis to prevent unnecessary foster care, and to help find permanent families for children in the state's custody who are eligible for adoption.

Heart Gallery Tampa Kids Fishing Day

The BIG catch!

YOUR MISSION: Should You Choose to Accept It

Andria Fontenot Regional Director of the Louisiana Heart Gallery shares how she got involved in the Louisiana Heart Gallery with Christian Challenge! We are so excited to open this message with a presentation by the Louisiana Heart Gallery that brings awareness of children in need of adoption or a foster family. Brother Nathan will be sharing about our mission. If you have ever wondered why you are on this earth then this message is for you. If you hunger for a purpose, then this earth then this message is for you. If you are a Christian, then this earth then this message is for you. We hope and pray that his message has sparked eternal purpose and worth deep within your heart. (about 10 minutes)

Portraits Highlight Stark County Ohio's Adoption Needs

CANTON The well-named Heart Gallery is a project that pairs local youth seeking adoption with local artists who paint their portraits. The resulting artworks give awareness to Stark County’s adoption need while celebrating the kids' personalities, spirit and resilience. "I love getting to know the kids and getting to know their stories and knowing that I might be helping them to find that forever home," said Christine Benner, who has been a Heart Gallery artist for seven years. Artist Tim Carmany has participated in the Heart Gallery for four years....

Colorado needs more foster parents

Coloradans have always come together to support each other when we need it most. It’s part of our heritage as a frontier, can-do state. And, we should support those families who need it most. The Colorado Department of Human Services estimates that the state will need 1,200 new foster families in the next two years to help serve every child and teen in our foster care system. With just 2,070 certified foster homes right now, Colorado is woefully short of foster families who are ready and willing to help. On any given day, 14 kids in our state enter foster care because their parents need time to learn new skills and become the parents on whom their children can depend. The need for foster families has grown steadily during the last three years.

Lutheran Services Florida Celebrates Adoptions, November 18

As child welfare organizations around the country celebrate National Adoption Day today, November 18, Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) celebrates nearly forty families helped through their case management organizations in Pinellas and Lee Counties with adoption finalization ceremonies. LSF hosts local matching events throughout the year to bring together children who are waiting to be adopted with families interested in adopting. That’s where Tina and Chris Wiginton met charismatic 11 year-old Iyanna who told them at a local pizzeria that she wanted to be the first female President of the United States. The three bonded over the next several months and will officially became a forever family, along with the Wiginton’s other two children, yesterday, November 17th in a public ceremony at the Pinellas County Courthouse.

Boy is surprised with adoption in the most magical way

He thought he was there to meet his favorite Disney characters. But they were all there to deliver the most magical surprise. Be the parent who tells the judge: "Make it so!"

In South Bend Indiana Heart Gallery Visits the Healthworks Museum

Thursday, there was a free event that featured some of those children who are looking for a home. The Indiana Heart Gallery is a traveling photo exhibit. It was at the "Memorial HealthWorks! Kids' Museum" on Jefferson Boulevard in South Bend from 5-7 p.m. Thursday evening. There were raffles, a photo booth, hands-on activities and information available about foster care and adoption.

Adoption Rhode Island Celebrates the Heart Gallery at the Statehouse

All were welcome to celebrate National Adoption Month with us at the state house on Thursday, November 16 from 5-7:30pm. We honored several community members, organizations and DCYF social workers for outstanding efforts in the world of Adoption - and unveiled the 13th Annual Heart Gallery! To RSVP, call us at 401-865-6000 or email adoptionri@adoptionri.org. We at Adoption RI are thankful for all of the amazing kids we work with, the families, pre and post adoption, with whom we have the privilege of being involved, adoption professionals, legislators, advocates and supporters who help us help children and families find 'A Better Place' as a result of adoption. We enjoyed this video that showed a sampling the 'better place' that children, youth and families can enjoy with the help of a loving family. Help us spread the word that adoption from foster care is a mutually beneficial way to build a family and create positive futures for so many...

Virginia's Kids Belong

You're probably wondering if a problem so large is really SOLVABLE. We've been there, too. But we're happy to tell you that with two proven models and a first-of-its-kind solution, the answer is YES. Regardless of your occupation, skillset, and life stage, you have the unique ability and opportunity to impact the lives of children in foster care. Our state has well over 5,200 children who are in the foster care system through no fault of their own. Of these children, on any given day over 850 are legally free for adoption and are waiting for their forever family. The rest of the children need a loving, safe, and supportive foster family to care for them while they wait to go home to their biological families.

Even if You Can't Foster or Adopt, There Are Many Ways To Help

Statistics show there is an estimated 427,910 children in foster care in the U.S. These kids are living in various settings, but whatever the situation, these children and their foster families could use our help. The Code of Federal Regulations defines "foster care" as the "24-hour substitute care for children outside their own homes." Some common foster care environments include relative foster homes, non-relative foster care homes, pre-adoptive homes, and group homes. No matter the setting, foster children, families and organization needs all the help they can get as resources are often limited. Help comes in all forms — monetary donations, item donations, volunteering, and more.

Heart Gallery photographers hopeful portraits help foster kids find ‘forever homes’

A group of area photographers say they're filled with encouragement when their portraits of foster children help land those kids a "forever home." The portraits they shoot of children who are wards of the state are put on display around Lubbock and surrounding communities in hopes someone will see the picture, read the story and inquire about the child.

Our 11th annual Adoption Day: 10 kids adopted by 7 families

Every November for the past 11 years, HCJFS has held a special ceremony for National Adoption Month where we finalize a lot of adoptions in one morning. We hope it – and all the media attention to it – help remind people that we do always have more than 300 kids still waiting for families. Indonesia is 16 – the oldest of the kids adopted today. We always celebrate when a teenager finds her forever family. There are so many teens in foster care who really want a real home. Our youngest today was Liam Sheldon, 15 months. He was adopted by James and Kelly Sheldon, who have been his foster parents since he was six months old.

Orlando Heart Gallery Internship

At Community Based Care of Central Florida, there is one thing above all others that drives our decisions and our actions: the best interests of the children in our care. It is this "every child, every day" philosophy that establishes the standard for service excellence to which we aspire. POSITION OBJECTIVE: The intern will receive direct supervision from the Communications Manager while assisting with company-wide social media and communications initiatives. The position provides a flexible schedule provided the intern commit to 12 hours per week. LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Gain understanding and direct experience with developing content and managing strategies focused on promoting adoption of currently available children and youth in foster care.

In Tampa Bay Florida, One Church One Child Asks To Seriously Consider Adoption

TAMPA BAY – One Church One Child of Florida challenges communities to seriously consider adopting or mentoring children in need of a forever home. Do you have room in your heart for a child or siblings in need of a family? This is an urgent and important question that must be raised time and time again, but each time there is a different child or children. One Church One Child of Florida is reaching out to families and individuals in local communities across the state in efforts to help share the truth that the child pictured here and others like him are. Daily, over 700 children are in need of a family to call their own, many of them are minorities. Can you provide a loving, permanent home for these children or other children like them or consider becoming their mentors?

After years of abuse and neglect, siblings hopeful for loving family

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — Adopting a child is not always easy, and when there are special needs involved, it often takes an extra dose of patience and a whole lot of love. The two children we meet this week not only deserve that love, they desperately need a place to call home. It was a tough task keeping 13-year-old Amie and 12-year-old Calvin from playing with their microphones we were using for our interview. Thankfully, there are easy distractions at Little Rock's Third Realm. From jumping to swinging, it is a child's paradise here. Amie and Calvin may not look their age, and their adoption specialist Margaret Miller explained why. "They have very special needs that are being addressed in their counseling,” Miller said. “And they are doing well in their counseling. They're making progress, especially Calvin. He has made an enormous amount of progress."

Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange Reaches Out During National Adoption Month

The Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) is working hard during National Adoption Month to match children and youth up with forever families. MARE is doing outreach projects like the Heart Gallery traveling exhibit, and meet and greets. To learn about youth available for adoption, or to learn how you can start the adoption process, click here.

EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THE GOALS OF NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY AND NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH

A resolution expressing support for the goals of National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month by promoting national awareness of adoption and the children awaiting families, celebrating children and families involved in adoption, and encouraging the people of the United States to secure safety, permanency, and well-being for all children.

ADOPTIVE AND FOSTER PARENTS RECRUITED IN JOLIET, ILLINOIS – A RIVETED AUDIENCE

Let It Be Us held an adoptive and foster parent recruitment event on Saturday, November 11 in Joliet, Illinois. The audience focused their attention on a panel of 4 agencies, each presenting their programs and parenting opportunities. The panel was joined by keynote speaker and adoptive mother, Konnie Ford, who is in the process of adopting her 3rd child from foster care. The program was moderated by Bob Noonan, Let It Be Us board member and adoptive father. Noonan shared his personal journey through foster care and adoption and stressed that the large and energetic crowd "posed a lot of great questions that led to some incredible open dialogue about foster care and adoption through foster care."

In Arkansas, The CALL raises awareness about adoption

Project Zero has teamed up with The CALL of Baxter County to bring the Heart Gallery to Mountain Home, in an effort to spread awareness on the number of Arkansas children needing to be adopted. People will notice the Heart Gallery, as they step foot into the Donald W. Reynolds Library lobby. The Heart Gallery showcases 90 photos of Arkansas children ages 5 to 17, who are waiting to be adopted. But that's just a small portion of children needing a parent. In general, Arkansas has 600 children in need of adoption, according to Tenille Rauls, coordinator for The CALL of Baxter County. Twin Lakes Area residents have free access to the gallery Monday through Sunday during the operating hours of the library. Call the library at 508-0987 for hours of operation.

Photographers Speak Out about Heart Gallery New York City

North Dakota Heart Gallery connects kids in need of adoptive families

One in five adults have considered adoption. Of those, 72 percent have considered adopting through foster care more than a private infant adoption or international adoption. If roughly 47 million Americans have considered adoption from foster care, why are there still 110,000 children nationwide in the system waiting to be adopted? There is a disconnect — but thankfully there are organizations working to bridge the gap between adults who are considering adoption and kids in foster care who long for a forever family. This past week, I attended the North Dakota Heart Gallery Gala and Carnival at the Fargodome. The North Dakota Heart Gallery is a non-profit, privately funded organization that enlists professional photographers to capture portraits of foster children that showcase their sparkle and personalities. I felt a tug to attend the gala after I learned about it on Facebook.

Heart Gallery of South Texas

It took more than an hour for adoption specialists to put photos of children, many of them siblings, in frames. But the time spent cleaning the frames of dust and the occasional bug was well worth it once the specialists saw their work come together. Thursday evening during The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services' 13th Annual Heart Gallery of South Texas Opening. The gallery at Corpus Christi Christian Fellowship Church was designed to promote adoption. Case workers also hope the gallery will answer questions people have about the adoption process.

Texas' DFPS Highlights National Adoption Month in San Angelo

More than 5,000 abused or neglected Texas children were adopted from state care last year, but the need has not diminished for families willing to provide safe, loving homes. Every day, more children enter foster care in Texas, according to a DFPS news release. As of September, more than 3,900 children and teens in state care were legally free for adoption. "No child should grow up in foster care or feeling unwanted," DFPS Commissioner Hank Whitman, said in the release.

Utah Heart Gallery Shines a Spotlight on Beautiful Kids Who Deserve A Family

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, the portraits on display Wednesday night at the state Capitol could fill volumes. The Heart Gallery, put on now for 13 years by the Adoption Exchange, featured portraits from 41 children awaiting adoption in Utah. Twenty professional photographers from around the state donated their time to capture the kids' unique qualities and talents. "These are beautiful kids who deserve what we all have, and that's a family, and they don't have one," Searle said. "They look like kids who could belong in your family. When you see these photos, you can picture yourself with, 'Well, she looks like my aunt, or she looks like my sister.'

Alabamans: Do you have a heart of adoption?

Most people are surprised to hear that there are more than 300 children in the state of Alabama who are ready and waiting to be matched with families for adoption with very little monetary cost involved. These children may sometimes fear they will be forgotten. After years in the foster care system, they may wonder if they will ever have a forever family. They are not being forgotten, thanks to organizations like Heart Gallery Alabama and Children's Aid Society of Alabama. It is their goal to promote possible placements through photography exhibits that feature the children and by providing support for existing placements. Heart Gallery Alabama’s motto is "There are no unwanted children, only unfound families."

Heart Gallery NYC Uses Photography To Help Kids In Foster Care Find Their Forever Homes

November is National Adoption Month. In honor of the month, we will be bringing attention to the thousands of people in foster care awaiting forever homes, as well as those who provide and advocate for them. These stories emphasize the idea that families are bound together by the love they share, rather than their biological roots.

Informational Meetings in Montgomery County, MI

If you have questions about adoption or foster care, Montgomery County Children Services holds a monthly informational meeting at the Haines Children's Center, 3304 N. Main St. Dayton.

Open your heart. Open your home in Fresno, California

For additional information on becoming a resource family, please give us a call at 1-877-533-KIDS (5437). We want to help you determine if becoming a resource parent is right for you and your family; therefore, you will be invited to attend a Resource Family Approval Program Information Orientation. Applicants are to bring their completed application packet and verification of completed RFA Orientation to the Crocker Building, 2135 Fresno Street, Suite #101, (559) 600-2396, in the reception area.

A List of Photolists of Children Waiting for Adoption


We have found this program beneficial in finding families for our children. We ask that as you view the children, consider that they live in our communities. Respect their right to privacy, and be aware that they may attend school or church, or play at the local park with your children and relatives. The availability of their pictures leaves our children recognizable and vulnerable to negative attention. Although we strive to protect them, we need your help. Thank you!

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