News Archive

KVUE Austin, Forever Families, Friday, November 11, 2022

With a name like Jazzy and and a smile that goes ear to ear, this 14-year-old girl is hard to forget. For the last four years, Jazzy has been in Texas foster care. She said her faith has helped her remain patient and hopeful during the process of finding a forever family. “I sat here in foster care and everything, going through these group homes and everything, just siting here wondering like, ‘Why is this all happening? Why is God putting me through this?'” Jazzy said. “But, really, it’s for me to grow. I learned going to church and everything that He’ll never put you through anything that He thinks you can’t overcome.”

Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco, Facebook, Thursday, November 10, 2022

Thank you to the wonderful Erica Riggins for being our Heartstrings Emcee! Did you miss hearing about Erica’s journey to becoming an adoptive mother of THREE at Heartstrings? Erica, we are grateful to have you as a part of our Heart Gallery family AND as a Heart Gallery Advisory Council member!

KVEO Brownsville via MSN, Exhibit, Thursday, November 10, 2022

McALLEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) – The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is collaborating with local community partners to unveil a public gallery of photographs featuring South Texas foster children ready for their forever home. Photographers with Heart Gallery of South Texas met with foster children from South Texas to capture each story and promote awareness. The gallery, titled ‘Completing the Picture’, will display of photographs of 34 South Texas foster children as part of the Region 11 campaign for National Adoption Awareness Month. As of September, there are 263 South Texas children legally free for adoption and 2,704 children statewide, according to DFPS. These children range in age from newborn to 17 years old. ‘Completing the Picture’ will open to the public at 6 p.m., Thursday at 701 E. Expressway 83, in McAllen. The gallery will be on public display until 2023.

Facebook, Statistic, Wednesday, November 9, 2022

What are the options for adopting a child? How much will an adoption cost? How do I find an adoption agency? What happens after I select an adoption agency? What is a home study? How do I find a child to adopt? How do I prepare for an adoption? What happens after the child is in my home? How do I finalize an adoption? What comes next?

Latrobe Bulletin, The Gift of Adoption, Wednesday, November 9, 2022

November is National Adoption Month. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau, there are over 114,000 children and youth waiting to be adopted who are at risk of aging out of foster care without permanent family connections. For children who were formerly part of the foster and adoptive system, there is an acute awareness of how foster care and adoption can potentially change someone’s life. This was the case for Rebecca Mease. Having been a youth in the foster care system, Rebecca always knew she wanted to one day give back to another child in need. With the support of her husband, Drew, and Adelphoi, a nonprofit organization in Latrobe that offers adoption services for kids waiting for a forever home, life was able to come full circle.

Love What Matters, Blog, Wednesday, November 9, 2022

“‘Mom, I think I am going to get licensed to be a foster parent.’ Those were the words my single twenty-six-year-old daughter told me nearly six years ago. When she told me this, all of the memories from mine and my husband’s own foster parenting journey came flooding back. We had become foster parents a couple of years after we got married. We were licensed to take in a specific tween who needed a home. We were young, had no experience parenting, and …

KFDX Wichita Falls, Tuesdays Child, Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Braydon is a very sweet boy who enjoys horseback riding, swimming, and rock collecting. Braydon also enjoys being in the outdoors, where he gets to enjoy camping and fishing. He likes playing video games and Legos. Braydon describes himself as a nice person. He likes to eat chicken nuggets, pizza, and chicken cutlets. Braydon has a very big appetite and loves to eat! At times, Braydon can be easily distracted and sometimes struggles with sustaining attention during a conversation, but he continues to work on this. Braydon tends to wear his heart on his sleeve and is a very affectionate kid. If Braydon had three wishes, they would be to be rich and famous; have a white pet tiger; and have a family again. Braydon loves the country, horses, and being outside! Braydon is under Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

WKBN Youngstown, Waiting Children, Monday, November 7, 2022 11am to 1pm

November is National Adoption Month. Right now, Mahoning County Children Services says there are more than 50 kids in need of belonging to a loving and caring family. On Monday, the agency will celebrate the many families that are adopting children from Mahoning County Children Services. “We finally are able to connect them with their forever home, it’s just a great way for everyone because then you know that that child is on his or her way to a much brighter future,’ said Jennifer Kollar, public information officer for Mahoning County Children Services. Kollar said if you are looking to seek adoption, especially at a public agency, it’s important to be aware of the steps because it is different from adoption with a private agency.