|"All Children Deserve a Family"|
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
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|
If you have been touched by adoption, you will benefit from attending this conference! This educational event covers almost every adoption-related topic imaginable—with more than 90 sessions designed to meet the diverse needs and levels of experience of parents, professionals, and adopted persons
Gear up and get ready for our first annual HogustFest on August 1, 2015. HogustFest is celebrating the 2 years of business for our Pig Adventure. Bring your family out for some summer fun including: Our HAWG Show (motorcycles), A Hog Roast, Harley the Hog (mechanical boar), Inflatable Playground, Great food and live music! ADMISSION IS FREE!!!
The Indiana Heart Gallery will be on display at the Hesston Steam Museum's 104th Anniversary of the Steam Light Plant, near the Michigan boarder in Hesston Indiana.
Wednesday at Lake Region Heritage Center: The Lake Region Heritage Center will be welcoming back the North Dakota Heart Gallery, a non-profit organization that promotes the adoption of foster care children. The photo gallery Corks and Canvas will be unveiled from 6 to 8 p.m. Members of the community and anyone interested in adopting a child is encouraged to attend. Admission is $5. For more info: lrhcmuseum.com
Three times a year, the Indiana Heart Gallery hosts events at fun family-friendly locations where individuals interested in learning more about foster-adoption can both view the Heart Gallery exhibit and get more info about foster-adoption. This is one of those events. Reservations will be required and we will post that information and more details as it becomes available. At Deep River Water Park 856 N. 600 E., Fair Oaks, IN
Everyday, we hear about issues -- ranging from fights over dresses to fights overseas. Yet, lacking are the tales of America's downtrodden -- those most vulnerable. At the forefront of that group are children and young adults, namely foster and former foster youth. While we hear of their stories, they have not yet entered our everyday conversation or concern.
Atreyue, “Tre,” born February 1998, is a very energetic and resourceful young man. He enjoys listening to music and drawing. He is a very talented artist, often making pictures for family and friends. He likes to be helpful, and he often assists others when help is needed.
I've written many articles on what not to say to families like mine, families where it's glaringly apparent that the children were adopted. We've had so many negative, rude encounters -- really too many to count. The strangers rarely see themselves as rude. They deem their questions appropriate in the name of curiosity, or sometimes even connection
A St. Petersburg area teen has gotten her wish, after spending years in the foster system. From now on, 18-year-old Mariah Boyd will go by Elena Nicole Foster. "I can think of no worthier task than being your mother forever and for always and no matter what,” Foster said. It wasn’t an easy path at first. Elena admits being guarded when Foster first took her in back in March. Foster helped Elena get her grades up at school and was by her side at Elena’s high school graduation in May.
Although there are 211 additional foster homes available, statewide, there’s been a 15% increase in the number of kids needing foster care over the past two years.
Alaska need more angels to foster it's children so they will have the opportunity to have the wonderful experience of family life.
Hello! My name is Jen Nance and I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve joined the team as the new Executive Director of the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco. I’m passionate about our mission and will work hard to help increase the number of successful adoptions of local children in foster care. I bring with me close to 20 years of experience working with many non-profits. We moved to the Tampa Bay region last fall from Seattle and are enjoying every moment of our new adventure. I can be reached at email@example.com and would love to your hear your ideas and concerns for the Heart Gallery, and how you can best be involved in the near future.
Of the over 560,000 children placed in foster care in 2010, it is estimated that 107,000 of these foster children became eligible for adoption. Sadly, only around 53,000 of these children were adopted during that year, with over half of these children being adopted by foster parents, with the rest being adopted by family members, and a small percentage being adopted by non relatives. Nearly 60% of children in foster care in America wait 2 or more years before being adopted. Recently, child welfare agencies have found that foster parents are the ideal people to adopt a foster child.
n St. Mary’s, Charles and Calvert counties, there is an extreme shortage of resource families to act as foster parents. The low number of resource families in these counties places a strain on the handful that currently exist. Simultaneously, the shortage is leaving children and youth in dire need of homes that provide for their emotional, social, physical and developmental needs.
Jason loves to draw and make things for his siblings. He is very attached to his four other siblings and will need to continue to have a close relationship with them. He is a very sweet child and is eager to please. He is very quiet and at times will withdraw and stay in the background to not be noticed. However, he really does enjoy attention. He will need someone to be patient with him. Alex is the second oldest in this sibling group. Alex loves to draw and is a very good artist. He loves to play games on his Nintendo DS. He is a very sweet child, he is very eager to please and has a pleasant and funny personality. Alex enjoys outdoors and going on special outings. He desires to be the center of attention and will fight to get your attention. He also has a very close relationship with his siblings.
Utah’s Adoption Connection envisions a world in which all children are valued and grow up in safe and permanent families, and where families are supported in their critical roles.
LAGRANGE — The Indiana Heart Gallery, a traveling exhibit featuring compelling portraits of children in need of adoptive families, is stopping in LaGrange. The Gallery will be featured at the LaGrange Library, 203 W. Spring St., July 25 to Aug. 5. The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) uses the Heart Gallery’s 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.
In what turned out to be a historic LGBT Pride Month with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage, looking back on Heart Gallery NYC’s 2nd annual PRIDE Exhibit evokes extra goosebumps of inspiration. On June 1, beautiful portraits of 36 foster children, including 12 LGBT youth, were unveiled in the New Victory Theater in Times Square for a special launch and press event.
One of your most worthy assignments. All volunteer. Huge payback. Work is confidential and extremely important. The Let It Be Us Heart Gallery is being built – an on line gallery of children available for adoption – and we need to add beautiful images of these beautiful children. All ages, stages and ethnicities, Illinois is home to over 3,300 children who are legally available for adoption. You can’t ignore a statistic like this. If you put a child in a Heart Gallery she has a 50% chance of being adopted. Otherwise her chance is 5%. Will you answer the call?
These videos display children who are available for adoption from the South Carolina Heart Gallery. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Finalization day is the ultimate celebration when it comes to foster-adoption. Adopting from the foster care system can be a lesson in patience. Adoptive families are often frustrated that it takes the legal system time to catch up with the bond that was sealed long ago in their hearts. Foster-adoptions take patience, but it’s a myth that they take forever.
The exhibit features photos of 140 of the children in the foster care system – children who are hoping to find a family to adopt them. 63 photographers donated their time to this Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) project. U.P. KIDS, a private non-profit agency providing foster care, adoption, and post-adoption services across the Upper Peninsula, has borrowed the exhibit and the first stop will be Marquette’s Blueberry Festival on July 31. tops include indoor sites at the Luce/West Mackinac County Fair from August 7-9 and the Chippewa County Fair from September 1-7.
There are more than 1,200 Missouri kids looking for a home. Meet a few children who are currently in foster care, hoping to find their forever families. For more information visit MOHeartGallery.org .
The Indiana Heart Gallery, a traveling exhibit featuring compelling portraits of children in need of adoptive families, is stopping in Scottsburg. The Gallery will be featured at Scottsburg county Fair, starting a day after the fair opens, July 13 - 17. 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.
The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services is looking for adoptive families for over 300 children in its care. A large number of those kids are right here in Augusta. The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services said they currently have 168 kids in foster care just in Richmond County. 46 of those are on the adoptive track.
Adoptive Parents Cliff and Lauren Caldwell added a newborn and another child to their family. One adoption was private, the other one through CPS. They discuss there experience with Sam Crumrine of the Heart Gallery of Texas.
The Indiana Heart Gallery, a traveling exhibit featuring portraits of children needing adoptive families, is stopping in Chesterton. The free gallery will be featured July 11 - 25 at the Duneland YMCA, 215 Roosevelt St. The Indiana Department of Childrens Services uses the galleries portraits and stories about foster children to help put a face on a sometimes invisible need.
A few of the 1200 foster children in the Houston, Texas area got a moment of fame. These kids, waiting to find their forever family, had their pictures taken at a Houston photo studio. Their pictures will appear soon in one of the Texas Heart Galleries.
"Today is Disney World for me," said Yvette DuBose, the Heart Gallery's executive director. DuBose said 114 children ages 5 to 17 are on the agency's list of adoption hopefuls. All the children the agency helps are available for adoption after their parents lost parental rights. "They are orphans through no fault of their own," she said.
The Heart Galleries of Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah (some of which have won awards) are now conveniently linked from the Heart Gallery page (beneath the Meet the Children link). The Adoption Exchange is a Colorado non-profit which manages these Heart Galleries and supports the adoption-related activities of these states and others.
"Foster parents make the best recruiters because they have stories and experiences to share that no one else can tell," said Christina Kaiser, community relations director for Devereux CBC. A total of 12 recipients were recognized this year, the first time the awards were given.
The Maine Heart Gallery consists of photos of children in the foster care system who are awaiting adoptive families. These children have been removed from their birth families due to abuse or neglect. Most of the children are age 10 or older. Boys outnumber girls by a 2:1 ratio or more.
As promised, the Revs. Waylon Bailey, of First Baptist Church Covington, and Ken Schroeder, of Mandeville’s First Baptist Church, rappelled 300 feet down the side of the Capitol One high-rise in Baton Rouge on June 19, after helping Crossroads NOLA raise more than $67,000 on Give NOLA Day.
Heart Gallery LA invites you to meet some of LA’s children who are waiting to find their permanent family. Through no fault of their own, these kids are unable to return to their families of origin; they now live in the county’s foster care system.
More than 1400 children in Missouri live in foster care and are unable to return to their biological parents. You can see these children featured in the traveling Missouri Heart Gallery exhibition.
There are dozens of volunteer (and sometimes paid) opportunities in nearly every Heart Gallery in the country. Although not everybody wants to be an adoptive parent, most people can mentor, foster, provide photographs, help spread the word, and just help out. These are opportunities to make a difference in young person's life. Click the Heart Galleries tab to the left, locate the Heart Gallery nearest you, and sign up to change the world.... one child at a time.
The founder of the North Dakota Heart Gallery, Michelle Kommer says there is nothing extraordinary about her. She believes anyone is capable of making a difference.
FOX 17 introduced viewers to Scott, a charismatic young boy looking for his forever home. Now, Scott has found a family which loves him. After spending years in the system, Scott was adopted and now plans on going to college and creating his own video game company.
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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