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There are over 410,000 children in foster care in the United States.
Almost 100,000 need adoptive homes right now.
About 25,000 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 2015, for fiscal year 2014


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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 120 Heart Galleries across the United States designed to increase the number of adoptive families for children needing homes in our community.

Now, in its fourteenth 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

Video courtesy of Children’s Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay
Giving Thanks!

Those of us who work with the heart galleries wish you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving. MARE is thankful for the 129 children that found their forever families on Nov. 20th and the 4,500 children from foster care were adopted into homes on National Adoption Day 2015.


Join us for a night of shopping, snacks and giving back. 15% of each purchase goes to the Heart Gallery. Also available, will be information on adoption!

17 Thanksgivings and counting: What adoption for older foster youth really means

When I was 16 years old and in foster care in Tennessee, people told me I was unadoptable. I'm so glad that I didn't listen to those people who said I was unadoptable, I'd never find a family, and that I was putting myself out there for rejection. It's a risk for older foster youth to consider adoption. It's an opportunity to be rejected once again. But it's a risk they should take because life doesn't end at 18. It's really just beginning. If you know someone who might consider adopting an older teen, please share my story -- and have him or her think of my family. They didn't get to see my first steps or watch me be a pilgrim in my second grade Thanksgiving play. But they taught me so many things about life, and were there to watch me walk across the stage when I graduated from college and law school and accompanied me to the White House last year as I was honored for my work helping foster youth. Click to read the whole story.

Indiana Heart Gallery Visits Jasper

The Indiana Heart Gallery, a traveling photographic exhibit featuring children in foster care who need and deserve a safe and loving home, will be in Jasper tomorrow. The exhibit, which is being brought to Jasper by the Dubois County CASA program, will be in the lobby of the Dubois County Courthouse. The gallery can be viewed during the normal courthouse hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday through December 4.

Photos you can't ignore: Arizona Kids awaiting adoption

November is national adoption month. Every few months, a new batch of photos is taken and placed in the Children's Heart Gallery. Each child in these photos is looking for a family. All descriptions in this gallery come from the Department of Child Safety. To learn about adopting, call 877-KIDSNEEDU or e-mail Shown here is Taylor.

Middletown Connecticut Exhibit Highlights Portraits of Kids Awaiting Adoption

The “Doors to Hope and Healing” is a month-long art exhibit showcasing work by foster and adoptive children and families in an effort to encourage families to consider opening their homes to these children. Here, members of the Iannantuoni family spoke about their experience adopting their son from the Heart gallery a few years ago.

Creative Greenville, South Carolina Exhibit Donates Proceeds to Heart Gallery

Honors students reached out to this vulnerable population at Greenville Technical College (GTC) to help their peers express their stories through art and to discover their true potential and authentic identity through the PsyPhotology experience. This personalized interview and photographic service has thus far only been available to entrepreneurs and business leaders around the nation. Accomplished, local artists donated their time and artwork to provide a visual interpretation of the GTC students’ poems and stories. All pieces of art up for auction are functional timepieces, with clocks as the focal point or embedded in the artwork; these reflect heartfelt stories of individuals who have overcome numerous traumatic experiences and somehow held on to hope. All proceeds will benefit the South Carolina Heart Gallery and establish a scholarship fund for our students who have experienced foster care.

Heart Gallery Helps Find Homes for Adoption Rhode Island Kids

When Tony Rodrigues, owner of PrintMakers in Pawtucket, RI, learned about the efforts by Adoption Rhode Island to find forever homes for children of all ages, he knew he wanted to help. Eleven years ago, the adoption agency started the Heart Gallery, a traveling portrait gallery featuring photos of children needing homes. PrintMakers got involved by providing the gallery-wrapped prints. Jake2014_hg“We’ve been involved since day one,” Rodrigues says. “I wanted to do whatever we can to help to minimize the kids who ‘age out’ without finding a family. Basically, they’re on their own when they hit 18. Having two kids of my own – trying to imagine their lives in that situation is my motivation.”

Northeast Ohio Artist Paints Child For the Heart Gallery

Local artist Lynn Digby is a retired art teacher from Marlington Local Schools, but she hasn't stopped helping children through her artwork. Instead of teaching children how to paint she's painting portraits of children who need homes. Digby is one of the artists involved with Stark County Job and Family Service's annual Heart Gallery. In recognition of those who have adopted, or have been adopted, November is celebrated across the country as National Adoption Month. Local artists are matched up with a child in the foster care system who is up for adoption. They use their preferred art medium to create a portrait of the child and then the artwork is displayed in galleries throughout the county.

Heart Galleries Celebrate National Adoption Day All Over Texas

November is National Adoption Awareness Month and National Adoption Day November 19 - 20. Look for an event near you.

Adoption Day Fosters Hope In Indiana

It was a happy day for many families at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse Thursday as the county celebrated National Adoption Day. Fifteen foster children were given forever families, and one of those children was Lamonte Smith. News 18’s Kayla Sullivan asked 7-year-old Smith, “Are you excited to be adopted today?” “Yes, I am,” responded Smith. “And guess what I’m going to say?” “What?” asked Sullivan. “Yes!” exclaimed Smith. Smith stayed true to his word. When the judge asked him if he wanted to be the son of Linita Robinson, he responded with a very loud and clear, “yes.” Although Robinson has fostered Smith and his two brothers for almost two years now, he is thrilled to make this family official; and so is his new mother. “It’s just like, OK, wow, now they are officially my kids,” said Robinson. She adopted all three brothers on Thursday. Robinson adopted 9-month-old twins 10 years ago as well. She said this adoption was different because these kids were old enough to give their consent.

Traveling art exhibit promotes adoption

A traveling art exhibit promoting adoption comes to the Gateway City. The 11th annual Heart Gallery of South Texas will be featuring photos of children legally free for adoption seeking their Forever Family. These children are part of the South Texas Foster Care System. The event starts Wednesday night from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Gallery 201 - located at 513 San Bernardo Avenue.


Penn Station in the Amtrak Rotunda will house the Heart Gallery NYC Exhibit from November 18-24, 2015. Featured portraits will help connect over 30 children with potential "forever families." Thousands of passersby each day will be made aware of the Heart Gallery NYC cause and the children we serve. We will also provide a staffed Information Table (9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) with valuable resources for prospective adoptive/foster families.


Doreen Coletti-Muhs and her family enter into a life-changing event as she and her family prepare to adopt their first child from foster care!

Online Gallery - Through the Eyes of the Homeless

Adorama and Canon came together to support the Heart Gallery through the Department of Homeless Services initiative, Through the Eyes of the Homeless. The exhibition took place on November 16th, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Prince George Ballroom in New York City. You can see it online (first link above).

Comcast Gives Heart Gallery New Mexico Foundation a Charitable Gift

The Comcast Foundation announced last week that it will distribute $86,695 in grants to 13 community organizations in New Mexico. The organizations receiving the grants participated in Comcast Cares Day on April 25. In Silver City, Comcast Cares Day volunteers brought out their creative sides to complete a mural project at the Silver City Recreation Center.

Heart Gallery showcases children in need of a home

The Heart Gallery of South Texas features photos and self-descriptions of 43 children from South Texas who are currently in need of a forever family and are legally free for adoption.

Adoption Exhibit Opens in Franklin, Indiana

A traveling exhibit that depicts children in need of adoptive homes will be in Franklin this month. The Indiana Heart Gallery features portraits of the children. It will be available for viewing through Monday at the Johnson County Courthouse, 5 E. Jefferson St., Franklin. The portraits can be viewed 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Children Themselves Talk About What a Forever Family Means To Them

Partnerships for Children Sponsors the annual REVEAL event in Austin Texas. Why we raise awareness to get these children adopted, everyone deserves a loving home. This is a short Forever Families montage video pulled together for the 2015 Heart Gallery of Central Texas' REVEAL event at the Blanton Museum of Art.

The faces of Adoption: National Adoption Month aims to find older children loving homes

Strolling through the halls of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, attendees are greeted by large black-and-white portraits of smiling children. These children vary in age, race and ethnicity, but they all share a similar goal — to be adopted by a loving family. These dozens of photos belong to the Indiana Heart Gallery, a traveling photographic and audio exhibit created to find families for children in foster care, and they are on display during a National Adoption Month kickoff event for adoptive, foster and soon-to-be adoptive parents.

Heart Gallery Features Children Looking for Forever Homes

More than 6,000 children across state looking for a home

Gov. Fallin, DHS Kick Off Initiative to Recruit More Foster, Adoptive Parents

DHS Director Ed Lake said his agency is doing everything it can to engage community partners and the faith community in its efforts to recruit foster and adoptive families. “This is a crisis that government alone cannot solve,” Lake said. “We must have the help of businesses, nonprofits and philanthropic foundations, along with our current community and faith partners. There is a role for everyone and it will take all of us working together to take care of Oklahoma’s children.” Oklahomans can get involved by going to the Oklahoma Fosters website – – and clicking on “Foster Care & Adoption” for information on being a foster or adoptive parent. They also can call the foster parent hotline, 1-800-376-9729 “We are too good of a people to allow children to grow up in an environment without parental love,” Fallin said. “If we do, we all suffer, because the children that are neglected today could become adults that fill our prisons and continue a cycle of abuse and neglect.”

Preparations Underway for the 11th Annual Heart Gallery in Corpus Christi Texas

It is a tradition that has gone on for more than 10 years -- a special kind of picture gallery with one goal in mind: to find permanent homes for children in foster care here in South Texas. November happens to be National Adoption Month and each year, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services puts together a gallery of photos and biographies showing children in our area who are ready for forever homes. It's called the Heart Gallery of South Texas. The Gallery opens from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center at 2021 Agnes Street. The exhibit has remained on display in past years after the opening Mon-Thu 8-5, Fri 8-3. Call 361-825-3600 for further information.

At Marlins Park in South Florida, 36 Kids Hope for Homes

The portraits will be posted online at Miami Heart Gallery to encourage families to adopt the children There are between 150 to 200 foster children ready for adoption in Miami-Dade in a given month. Click to read more!

Annual Utah Heart Gallery aims to find forever homes for foster children

The Capitol Rotunda featured 36 children waiting for forever families on Monday at the 11th Annual Utah Heart Gallery.

Sunday’s Children are Josh, 10, and Eli, 11

Joshua and Elisamuel are brothers of Hispanic descent who live together in a foster home. Josh and Eli are two of the more than 108,000 children and teens are in foster care in the United States, waiting to be adopted. During National Adoption Month our traveling “Heart Gallery” display of waiting children in Massachusetts will be at South Station Nov. 16-30. To learn more about Josh and Eli, click here!

Adoptive families honored at Colorado Governor's Mansion as state searches for families for 288 kids

Saturday at the Colorado Governor's Mansion, Adoptive families were honored in celebration of National Adoption Month!

So many Texas children in foster care seeking stability and permanence

Far too many children grow up in foster care in Texas without ever obtaining stability and permanence in their home lives. What if you and your community could change that? In 2014, more than 6,500 Texas children were in foster care available for adoption. Finding adoptive homes is a challenge for our state’s child welfare agency, especially for older foster youth. Eva Guzman sits on the Texas Supreme Court.

Opinion: Play a role in adoption in Minnesota

We need families who understand children need support services and are willing to fight for them to ensure adoptions are successful. These are not easy undertakings. Raising children is challenging as well as rewarding. Raising children who have struggled early in life and not had the advantages of other children often are even more demanding. But many of you have not shied away from these challenges. Last year, families adopted 686 children from the Minnesota foster care system. That’s nearly 150 more children than families adopted the previous year. But, we still have hundreds of children waiting for families and, unfortunately, more will enter the system in the future. Until no child is waiting and every child has a permanent, loving family, we have more work to do for children. Lucinda Jesson is the commissioner for DHS in the governor's cabinet.

Opinion: The New Face of Adoption Isn't a Newborn Baby

When we hear the word adoption, most of us immediately think of a baby. It's understandable because that is what our American culture teaches us it looks like. You think of a sweet couple with a nursery prepared in advance, waiting for the call that their baby has arrived so they can go and pick her up. I have some wonderful friends who've had this joy and miracle—praise Jesus for those stories. Babies need to be adopted; the sooner, the better for their natural attachment and care. Yet there is another route of making a beautiful decision to adopt a child, one who is actively waiting. For National Adoption Month, let's consider these precious ones who count each day they live without a forever family—America's foster children.

5 Reasons to Consider Adopting an Older Child

Many people associate adoption with bringing a brand new baby home from the hospital. But what if the right child for you is actually a grade schooler or teenager? In honor of National Adoption Month this November, read on to find out why adopting an older child into your life could be the best decision for your family.

What’s the Point of Adopting a 17-year-old Kid?

In 2012 in the United States, 23,439 children in foster care “aged out” before finding a forever family. One would think that with only one year left before aging out, it would make more sense to adopt a younger individual with more years available for nurturing. But one must stop and think what a difference having a support system for that one year could make for that seventeen-year-old. Being aged out and let go at 18 could mean going down a negative road that could have been a positive one.

Heart Gallery helps bring families together through adoption

The Heart Gallery of America continues to make more families with a desire to adopt aware that the Heart Gallery exists, especially for one family.

CAFO Starts 30 Days of Prayer with Orphan Sunday, November 8

Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) has launched an annual day to make note of the children among us whose parents are unavailable for them. On Orphan Sunday, Christians stand for the orphan. We are a people called to defend the fatherless…to care for the child that has no family…to visit orphans in their distress. Each event is locally-led. Sermons and small groups, concerts and prayer gatherings, shared meals and youth activities—each rousing believers with God’s call to care for the orphan, and what we can do in response. From many sources, one voice. Each November, thousands of events will echo across America and around the globe, all sharing a single goal: that God’s great love for the orphan will find echo in our lives as well. Orphan Sunday is your opportunity to rouse church, community and friends to God’s call to care for the orphan.

November National Adoption Month Event: Heart Gallery At Brookside Church In Ft. Wayne, Indiana, November 2 – 16

The Indiana Heart Gallery, a traveling exhibit featuring compelling portraits of children in need of adoptive families, is stopping in Ft. Wayne. The Gallery will be featured at the Brookside Church November 2 – 16. The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) uses the Heart Gallery’s remarkable professional portraits and stories about foster children in Indiana to help put a face on a sometimes invisible need and remind families that adoption can change lives. There is no charge to see the Gallery.

Medical foster parents in high demand

With many child abuse cases out there, there is a high demand for medical foster parents.

Connecticut Heart Gallery 2015 Exhibit Locations

The Heart Gallery is a moving exhibit of children's portraits, photographed as a courtesy by area professional photographers. The purpose of this moving display is to highlight a child's story. The mission of the Heart Gallery is to find a permanent home for children.

Michelle Rawles shares her story about how she decided to adopt

Samantha Batten Crumrine from the Heart Gallery of Northwest Texas talks with Michelle Rawles about how she found out about adoption, decided to adopt, and took the leap.

Teenager finds adoptive home after 13 years in foster care

More than half of foster children are teenagers, like Jay Carter, who's adoption was finalized after 13 years!

9th Annual Heart Gallery Penn Station Exhibit Opens November 18, 2015

The Heart Gallery NYC Exhibit will be on display in Penn Station in the Amtrak Rotunda From November 18 to 24 in honor of National Adoption Month. These amazing portraits of NYC youth in the foster system will help connect over 30 children with potential "forever families." Awareness of the Heart Gallery NYC cause and the children that we serve will be raised to thousands of passersby each day, and our staffed Information Table (9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) will provide valuable resources for prospective adoptive/foster families. The Exhibit will also be displayed on the beautiful Spectacolor Billboard screen in Times Square! Heart Gallery NYC will run every hour, 24 hours a day beginning November 18. The Exhibit will also be displayed on the beautiful Spectacolor Billboard screen in Times Square! Heart Gallery NYC will run every hour, 24 hours a day beginning November 18. The Exhibit will also be displayed on the beautiful Spectacolor Billboard screen in Times Square! Heart Gallery NYC will run every hour, 24 hours a day beginning November 18 through the end of the month.

Five Credit Unions Working Toward a Nationwide Effort on Foster Care

Credit unions in five different states are working toward a nationwide effort to shine a spotlight on foster care and adoption. Pima Federal Credit Union in Arizona, Peach State Federal Credit Union in Georgia, Greenville Federal Credit Union in South Carolina and TNConnect Credit Union in Tennessee are looking to launch Heart Gallery projects in their respective states similar to State Employees’ Credit Union’s in North Carolina, which is currently underway in partnership with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Heart Gallery Alabama: Michael C

Michael, born in October 2003, is a very handsome little boy who is eager to please and always wants to look his best. He loves Sponge Bob and Toy Story. His favorite places to eat are McDonald’s and Taco Bell. In fact, he would like to work at McDonald’s when he grows up. Michael enjoys drawing, playing outdoors, and playing with electronics. Michael also enjoys interacting with other children, but he must be closely monitored as he becomes overwhelmed easily. Michael needs a lot of individual attention and a daily routine. He requires special help in school in all areas.

Heart Gallery Georgia: Helping kids find a home for the holidays

The Christiansons have always had hearts for children. When they encountered a Heart Gallery exhibit in Jacksonville years ago, they felt called to get involved with the organization that displays professional photos of foster children awaiting adoption. When they discovered Georgia didn’t have one yet, they knew what had to be done. After three years of planning, Ally and Michael Christianson and Amy Houston established a Heart Gallery in Georgia to join the national Heart Gallery of America network last November. Thirty-one kids were featured in larger-than-life professional portraits displayed across the region.

Opinion: Five Truths About Kids in Foster Care

Some people think child welfare is easy: just rescue the poor kids from the evil parents and you’re done. Twenty-plus years of writing commentary about abused and neglected children in Arizona taught me a few things.

CASA Brings the Heart Gallery to North East Texas

The Heart Gallery will be in Titus, Morris, and Camp Counties of Texas at various locations throughout (click for the schedule). CASA officials say the intent of The Heart Gallery is to bring awareness to the number of children who are waiting for adoption and encourage members of this and area communities to consider adopting, fostering or becoming a CASA volunteer.

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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