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There are over 400,000 children in foster care in the United States.
Over 101,000 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 2014, for fiscal year 2013

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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 thirteenth 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

Events

Celebrate Heart Gallery Day in Montgomery Alabama

Heart Gallery Alabama along with First Lady Dianne Bentley with be celebrating Foster Care Awareness May is National Foster Care Month. The exhibit of waiting children will be on display, light lunch and program.

The BIG Day of Giving

The BIG Day of Giving is MAY 5th for 24 hours. Our goal is to raise $10,000. Your donation of any amount will help support the Sacramento Heart Gallery. You will have 24 hours to make your donation, and all giving will end at 11:59pm on May 5th.

2015 Swing Into Action for Kids

Adoptions Together runs the Heart Gallery serving Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia.

Adoption Awareness Night at the Detroit Tigers Game May 12 (vs. Minnesota Twins)

Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) is hosting an Adoption Awareness Night at the Detroit Tigers game on May 12. MARE's recent opening of the Michigan Heart Gallery included a feature about a teen named Undray who along with his father, Elliot, will be the featured adoptive family for the evening for a pre-game ceremony.

Heart Gallery Alabama Presents: Closure - A Documentary About Adoption

A documentary about a transracial adoptee who finds her birth mother, and meets the rest of a family who didn't know she existed, including her birth father. A story about identity, the complexities of trans-racial adoption, and most importantly, closure. There will be a Q & A with the Director and with the subject of the movie, Angela Tucker.

Jordan's Furniture Walk/Run For Adoption 2015

MARE is the only agency in Massachusetts whose sole objective is to find adoptive homes for the hardest-to-place youth in state foster care, including sibling groups, older youth, and youth with special needs. With well-known programs like Wednesday's Child with Jack Williams on WBZ TV, and Sunday's Child columns in the Boston Globe, MARE has helped over 6,300 children join their "forever families" so far.

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Heart Gallery Founding Photographer Moves to Israel

Cathy Maier has spent her life watching and listening to others. She also launched an idea that has since gone national – the Heart Gallery, in which photographers take professional portraits of children in foster care hoping to be adopted. Cathy is returning to Israel.

An Oregon Heart Gallery Treats Foster Girls To A Special Day

Eugene, Oregon based A Family For Every Child Heart Gallery is treating over 300 Oregon foster girls to a special of dress-up, dancing, photographs, and fun at a local hotel. Princesses take home a new gown and attend a tea party with a royal guest. The event, designed as a foster-care awareness-raiser, is now in its seventh year. A Family For Every Child started a similar event to encourage foster boys by introducing them to community heroes at Hero For A Day in February.

Barrington Illinois Heart Gallery Volunteers Spawn A Nonprofit to Help With Adoption

When a stranger asks which country Carolyne Osterhues adopted any of her four children are from, she laughs. Osterhues is part of a growing local movement to place children in foster care with families. Barrington mother Susan McConnell recently launched a nonprofit called Let It Be Us that is aimed at bridging the gap between parents who want to adopt and the thousands of children available in Illinois' foster care system. The Ostenhues's fostered each of their children before later adopting them.

The Best Part About Adopting Through Foster Care

Today is the first day of May, which is National Foster Care Month. In keeping with my Friday Favorites post, I thought I would post 5 of our favorite things about foster care and adopting through foster care. 1) The kids are awesome I know what you're thinking. All kids are awesome. I know, I know, they are. But kids in foster care are really awesome. Occasionally you’ll meet uninformed people who think that kids in foster care have all these problems. Nope, kids in foster care are every bit as awesome as every other kid.

Indiana Heart Gallery

The Indiana Heart Gallery was created by the Indiana Department of Child Services in 2007 as one way to help these incredible children share their stories and hope of joining a family and encourage families to adopt. Many of the foster children featured in the gallery are older or special needs children, minorities, or members of a sibling group. All are considered hard-to-place children. Our goal is to keep the Heart Gallery moving until all of the children are adopted!

Finally, a Family For Davion

For a long time after he was sent back to Florida, Davion didn't want to talk. Not to the counselors the agency sent to console him; not to the guys from his old group home or the teachers at his new high school. Not to the foster parents who took him in; he knew they didn't plan to keep him. Or to the church people he had stood before when he asked someone – anyone – to adopt him.

Heart Gallery Alabama Uploads a Passel of New Videos

These kids, all available for adoption, talk a little bit about themselves and what they would like.

Heart Gallery 2015 - From Hill Country Bible Church of Austin, Texas

This video clearly presents the case for getting involved... in a musical and touching way. Though many of the numbers are taken from DFPS statistics in Texas, the numbers are similar in almost every state.

Rhode Island Portrait Exhibit at Providence City Hall

“Many people don’t realize that we have kids of all ages in our foster care system that are waiting for families.” More than 2000 children are in foster care in Rhode Island, including about 200 waiting for adoption. The number of children entering state care has surged over the past few years. Providence resident Amy LeClaire and her husband fostered two young children and have recently completed the formal adoption process. “We have found that it’s been a great way to add to our family," said LeClaire. "We feel no differently about our children that we’ve adopted versus our children who are biological. There’s absolutely no difference.”

8-Year-Old Ariana Is Dressed to Impress

Eight-year-old Ariana's favorite movie is Disney's "Frozen” and her favorite character is Elsa. But if Ariana had special powers, she would use them to create a forever family for herself. “I like giraffes, pandas, koala bears, peacocks, birds,” said Ariana. Those are just some of Ariana's favorite animals, but her most cherished are: “My doggie toys. I just brought some of them,” she said. Ariana wore a pretty party dress to our playdate at Boomers San Diego - dressed to impress. At age eight, she is old enough to know why she is being featured on Adopt 8. “So I can find a forever home?” she asks.

Louisiana Heart Gallery

Come visit our website and please be patient as it is a work in progress: www.louisianaheartgallery.com . We are volunteer faith-based partners targeting the faith community to raise awareness for foster care adoption and finding forever families for children waiting to be adopted in Louisiana. More than 4500 children in Louisiana are currently in the state foster care system. Approximately 350 of these children are available for adoption and need permanent loving families to call their own.

Heart Gallery LA Display at the Bellflower, California Library

The Bellflower Public Library is located at 9945 Flower Street, Bellflower, California.

Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange

The Michigan Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic exhibit featuring older youth in foster care who are awaiting a forever family through adoption. The 2015 Michigan Heart Gallery Grand Opening event took place on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

Centerplate and the Tampa Bay Rays host the Heart Gallery of Pasco and Pinellas Counties at Tropicana Field

Centerplate, the hospitality partner of the Tampa Bay Rays and provider of special event catering at Tropicana Field, were once again welcome guests of the Heart Gallery of Pasco and Pinellas Counties for its annual Celebrate Me Home! gala on Wednesday, April 15, at 6 p.m. Launched as a grassroots community initiative in 2006, the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco is an independent, charitable organization dedicated to promoting adoption through "Heart Galleries" which include professional portraits and profiles of foster children, as well as events with foster children and adoptive families.

ABQ Donation

Students at a small school nestled in Albuquerque's North Valley are making a big difference for other kids. That school is MacArthur Elementary, a Title I school with about 200 students. Title 1 means a high percentage of the student's families live near or below the poverty level. When teachers decided to kick off a program to help foster children in need, they set what they thought was a large but reachable goal: $500. They did not, however expect their goal mount they raised to help foster children through the project known as the Heart Gallery to exceed $1,000! Another benefit was how well the students were educated in the process.

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For 2nd Saturday Art Walk, Odie B's chose a gallery to children in need of families. Georgina Jones, owner of Odie B's and shop manager, Charmarie "Char" Moor have not only been foster and adoptive parents, but also volunteers for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. Odie B's revolves around children and families, buying their clothes, toys and other accessories; selling them to other families; and hosting eclectic workshops in art, home economics and other lessons. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. As part of Odie B's charity of the month, and for 2nd Saturday Art Walk, the store focused on the needs of foster childr

The Danny Lansanah Tackling Success Foundation Will Host a Free Football Camp For Foster Children

The Danny Lansanah Tackling Success Foundation will be co-hosting a free football camp with the Achieve Your Goals organization in Tampa Bay, Florida on June 6th-7th, 2015. This is a special camp because it will consist only of foster children. This event will be sponsored by the Children's Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay.

SECU’s ‘NC Heart Gallery’ showcases adoptable foster children

Through a project known as the NC Heart Gallery, State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members are seeing a few new faces in their local branches — the beautiful smiles of some of North Carolina’s foster children eligible for adoption. SECU is partnering with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services to spotlight foster care and adoption in our state.

Heart Gallery Videos Controversial

Adopt Colorado Kids videos have come under scrutiny from groups who claim discriminatory practices. [This article is posted, as the only of its kind, for information only, without making editorial comment. We are prohibited from making editorial comment. Heart Galleries are prohibited by federal, state, and local laws from discrimination of most kinds; many do (e.g., NYC, MARE) have active alliances with groups such as detailed in this article and have won awards for non-discriminatory practices].

The Faces of Foster Care

"When you see their faces, it moves people and so our hope is that it moves them to take the first." expressed Samantha Crumrine of the Heart Gallery of Northwest Texas. The Heart Gallery is an organization giving voices to children in foster care through pictures. It is placed in different businesses around the city each month. Sam, the director of the northwest gallery, is currently looking for her 2015 locations.

From the Heart... #1 - The Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco

Are you thinking about adoption? Make an informed decision about one of the most important things you can do to "make a difference"!

Maine seeks more foster parents

SOUTH CHINA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is worried about a shortage of foster parents and adoptive homes. Doreen Farrington of South China said she's fostered more than 600 children in the past 31 years and has adopted eight of them. She said Maine needs to step up to help nurture the state's future generations and that anyone can be a foster parent.

Westchester County New York Heart Gallery is in the White Plains Library

Giving a loving home to a child can be one of the most rewarding accomplishments in life. In Westchester, we have many children who need homes. Some of these children are older, have siblings they can't be separated from or have special needs, making them more difficult to place. The Westchester County Department of Social Services is sponsoring an exhibit of photos of children needing loving adoptive homes in their annual Heart Gallery Showcase. The exhibit will be on view through April but the need for homes continues year round. For more information, contact Paul Tavolacci at 914-995-5303.

San Diego California Woman Adopts, Finds Happiness, Helps a 10 Month Old

As a physical therapist of kids with disabilities a California woman named Jodi had a lot of interaction with children at work. But something was missing at home. Jodi wanted to be a mom, so she decided to adopt. Her adopted son, Elliot, is now two and a half and he's has made big strides. Since being adopted, his start in life was anything but stable. “He had low tone, hypotonia, he was neglected and no one cared for him,” said Jodi.

Colorado Girl, Adopted from Colorado Heart Gallery, Thinks It Is Pretty Cool

Nearly 5,000 children are living in foster care right now in Colorado, about 300 of those children are eligible for adoption. The Adoption Exchange is dedicated to finding those kids families who will love them for the rest of their lives. The organization helped 12-year-old Arianna find her family.

Klicks For Kids

The Klicks for Kids Heart Gallery can be seen at the Warnego Public Library, 431 Lincoln Street, Warnego, Kansas! Klicks for Kids is a photography exhibit featuring the images of some of the nearly 900 Kansas children in foster care needing adoption. The gallery is a collaborative effort by Adopt Kansas Kids and the Kansas Professional Photographer's Association

Photographing Foster Children

Philanthropy: Seeing a need to provide professional portraits to foster children, the Heart Gallery organizes photographers across the country to volunteer their time and skills. The Heart Gallery's founder, Diane Granito, remembers from her work at the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department that many of the generic portraits of foster children were "as inspiring as a driver's license photo," she says. With an emphasis on providing portraits to older foster children and siblings the Heart Gallery reports that many of the children find permanent foster homes with adoptive parents.

Inside Out Exhibit: The Faces of Foster Care and Adoption

Using the Inside Out portrait format, the Children's Services Council of Broward County, the Heart Gallery, ChildNet and other partners, will showcase children and youth in the foster care system waiting for adoptions into loving families. The exhibit is shown at at the Children's Services Council of Broward County, 6600 West Commercial Blvd,. Lauderhill, FL 33319. Inside Out is a project of Broward 100- Celebrating the Art of Community.

Heart Gallery of Georgia Loads 5 New Videos (and Listings)

Learn the stories of Ashley, Olivia, Dalaisa, Michael, Dawson, and Brittany.

South Carolina Heart Gallery

Click here to find out more about children who are waiting for a permanent adoptive family in South Carolina. There is also an online Heart Gallery.


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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