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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 fifteenth 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)

Video courtesy of Children's Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay

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Indiana Heart Gallery Exhibit in Columbia City

Now through July 12, the Heart Gallery is on display at the Peabody Public Library in Columbia City.

Foster Care and Adoption Orientation in Arizona

Attend this orientation if you are interested in an introduction and ways to become involved in caring for the children in our state that need temporary homes. Not called to take children in your home? Come find out other ways to be involved in meeting the needs of children and their families in foster care. This orientation is an introduction to the foster care system and crisis in our state, basic information on how to start the process to become licensed and also hear from a panel of former and current foster/adoptive parents.

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Foster kids get surprise of a lifetime during a trip to Disney's Magic Kingdom

An April visit to Disney's Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., changed the lives of Janielle, 12, and Elijah, 10, forever. The siblings, living with foster parents Tom and Courtney Gilmour at the time, learned during the trip that they were being adopted.

Reformed Tennessee foster-care program emerges from federal oversight

One lawsuit, 16 years and hundreds of millions of dollars later, Tennessee's once-troubled foster care program for thousands of children has finally emerged from a federal court's oversight.

Bracha Graber, Who Spurred Changes in New York Foster Care, Dies at 68

Bracha Graber, whose whistle-blowing over widespread fraud in New York City’s foster care bureaucracy in the 1990s was a catalyst for an overhaul of its practices, died on July 5 in Los Angeles. She was 68.

Frost Art Museum hosts photo shoot for foster children

Florida International University’s Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum hosted a photo shoot on Sunday for 12 children who are all ready for adoption. The Children’s Trust Miami Heart Gallery proudly played a key role.

19th Annual Live Ride aims to help foster kids

Around 100 bikers left House of Harley Davidson in Spenard to the Mat-Su Valley to raise money to help foster children on Saturday. As part of the 19th annual Live Ride event, proceeds will go to Beacon Hill, a community foster care and adoption center.

Foster parents upset by funding cuts

As part of the spending plan sent to Gov. Eric Greitens, by lawmakers, foster care reimbursement rates were reduced by 1.5 percent as part of a reduction in Medicaid spending.

Connecting Hearts opens a Heart Gallery Serving Virginia

Connecting Hearts has been working with VDSS to open a Heart Gallery in Central Virginia. Over 800 kids in Virginia are waiting to find a forever family. There are many places in which you can see photos, videos, and hear their stories. Click on the links below to see our children.

Florida couple to adopt 7 siblings separated by foster families: 'It was no question'

A Florida couple are keeping seven brothers and sisters together who have been divided by four different foster homes.

I’m a white foster parent seeing racism through my black and brown children’s eyes

As a rabbi, combating racial injustice is part of my work. As a parent, my foster children’s future fears have become mine.

Big wins for kids caught in foster care crisis

Children and families caught in Washington’s beleaguered child welfare system have significant good news to celebrate this week as the state, with millions of extra dollars just appropriated by legislators, launches a major restructuring of the system.

Children's Trust uses social media to reach out to prospective parents

Omari, who is currently eligible for adoption, is one of dozens children who are set to have their photos on display as part of the Children’s Trust Miami Heart Gallery. The photos are part of a digital showcase that shows children and shares their hopes of finding a family.

Foster care placements rising in Triad; parental opioid addiction contributing to upswing

Forsyth County has the lowest total of children in foster care among the state’s eight urban counties. However, the local count has been rising in pace with a statewide trend linked to increased opioid addiction among parents, according to lawmakers and county Department of Social Services directors.

When foster becomes family

Pamela and Kevin, married for 29 years, have been foster parents for the past five and a half years and have taken a total of 18 children at various times into their home. One stayed for just a week, while another remained in their care for five years.

In rare move, foster family adopts 18-year-old Fresno man, finally giving him ‘home’

An adoption like Carson’s is rare. The young man is the first adult in foster care to be adopted this year in Fresno County. Statewide, only 15 of 12,025 adults in foster care were adopted last year in California, says Tricia Gonzalez, deputy director of child welfare for Fresno County’s Department of Social Services.

Gallery of children in need of adoption on display at Albanese Confectionery

Pictures of children in need of adoption are on display at the roving Indiana Heart Gallery at the Albanese Confectionery through July 17.

Foster Care Bill Of Rights Signed Into Missouri Law

Gov. Eric Greitens signed the Foster Care Bill of Rights into Missouri law, aiming to improve the quality of life for foster care children.

Scenes from BBJ's annual nonprofit awards

In the less than $300,000 category, finalists were Heart Gallery Alabama, Hatching Hope, Hope for Autumn Foundation, The Phoenix Club of Birmingham and SUKI Foundation. The overall winner was Heart Gallery.

St. Jude’s seeks more volunteers to bring siblings from broken families back together

St. Jude’s puts on these events and a summer camp to maintain or help build bonds between siblings who’ve gone through the trauma of a broken family. You might not think an afternoon of splashing around makes a difference, but relationships can fall apart because of lost contact, even escalate to permanent estrangement, according to the 2013 Child Welfare Information Gateway report on sibling issues that arise in foster care and adoption.

The Drug Crisis Is Pushing Nearly Half A Million Kids Into Foster Care

The American foster care system is in a state of crisis, strained by a massive influx of children since 2011 fueled by the opioid epidemic and general drug abuse.

Baylor University offers adoption assistance to faculty and staff

Faculty and staff members can be reimbursed up to $6,000 of adoption costs and take up to four weeks of paid parental leave for both biological and adoptive parents. Baylor is one of only two universities in Texas that offers paid parental leave to both faculty and staff.

Fostering Success: Project analyzes, promotes permanency in foster care

An East Carolina University researcher is compiling and analyzing data as part of a national project to improve outcomes for children in foster care

After Eight Years in Foster Care, Young Girl Finally Gets Forever Family

From birth until age 8, Erianna was moved 12 times to different foster homes. It wasn’t until she met her adoptive parents that she finally had the stability she deserved.

In for the Long Haul: How Foster Parents Can Prevent Burnout

The reports of foster parent burnouts are frequent. This is understandable, given that fostering has a number of stressful challenges, ranging from traumatized children, frequent changes in caseworkers, limited support, the nearly constant threat of losing children, and more. But it doesn’t need to end there. To maintain the stamina for long-term foster parenting, it’s imperative that foster parents invest in their own emotional and physical health.

Nonprofits say new child services law could be tough on youths

“A lot of the focus on this law has been on the denial of services to LGBT adults wanting to adopt,” said Chuck Smith, CEO of the nonprofit advocacy group Equality Texas. “But the greater harm is in what might happen to youths who are in care if they happen to be placed in a situation where they are denied access to something they are legally entitled to.”

Brownback Signs Bill Creating Task Force To Study Kansas Foster Care System

Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday signed a bill creating a task force to examine the Kansas foster care system. The number of children in the Kansas foster care system has set records in recent years, passing 7,100 in April. The death of an abused boy in Kansas City, Kansas, also raised concerns about whether the system was protecting children.

Adoptions in America are declining

But foster-care adoptions levelled off at around 50,000 annually a few years ago. At the same time, after steadily declining between 2005 and 2012, the number of children in need of foster care is increasing in most states. In 2015, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 428,000 children were in foster care, compared with 397,000 in 2012.

Faso Backs Foster Care Legislation, Passes House

Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) expressed support for his bipartisan bill H.R. 2847, the Improving Services for Older Youth in Foster Care Act. Faso’s legislation passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 391 to 8.

Indiana Adoption Program in Greensburg, June 28

Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) will be hosting their annual Healthy Fair. This event offers free screenings, free Jimmy John’s lunch, health seminars with DCMH provider speakers, bounce house, prizes, a blood drive provided by the Indiana Blood Center and more! Representatives from the Indiana Adoption Program, called Adoption Champions, will be on-site to answer questions and provide information on Indiana’s adoption procedures.

Why You Should Consider Foster Care If You’re Infertile

Infertile couples are desperately wanting and waiting for children. Foster children are children desperately wanting and waiting for parents this very moment.

Kansas Foster Care Contractor Sees Benefits Of Trauma-Informed Training

KVC partnered with Child Trends, a nonpartisan national research group, to find out if training foster parents and caseworkers about childhood trauma would result in fewer moves for foster children. KVC and Child Trends found that if adults understood the effects of traumatic events, children were more likely to stay in one home during their time in foster care. Children working with better-trained adults also were observed to have better behavior.

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.


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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