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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 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
Events
Walking the walk for 'orphans'

For Carol Spenst, the fourth annual Walk for the Waiting, April 30 at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, will be another chance to walk a mile for a smile. The walk is to raise money for three agencies that promote adoption of children through the state's foster care system. Project Zero, Immerse Arkansas and The Call came together to start the walk. Their goal the first year was $80,000. That was the hope. But 800 sponsored walkers representing 70 churches raised $250,000. "They're all faith-based, all working very much in conjunction with the state," Spenst says of the organizers. By triple-teaming, they have united for "the same goal -- we all want kids to find families."

Adoption Heart Conference

This free online event talks about the important topics of adoption such as; Adoption Options, The Impact of Trauma, Growing up Adopted, Parenting Strategies and others. Please Join and get free information from experts.

Utah Foster Care Celebrates Foster Care Month, Brings Awareness of Need for Foster Parents

Utah Foster Care will celebrate Foster Care Month May 2-3 with two community celebrations in an effort to bring awareness to local children in foster care. On May 2, Utah Foster Care will host a free dinner and community gathering at the West Canyon Park in Cedar City. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. and will offer fun family activities, including a bounce house for kids. Mayor Maile Wilson and representatives of the Department of Child and Family Services will attend to present local resident, Josie Spencer, with the Foster Mom of the Year recognition. “Right now in Cedar City we (have) a crucial need for foster care,” Bates said. “This month is not only to honor our foster parents, but bring awareness to the need for foster parents for the community’s children.

Give Day

Heart Gallery of Pinellas & Pasco was founded on the belief that every child deserves a home. Since our inception in 2006, the Heart Gallery has been working to promote local adoptions of children in foster care. We focus on the children who are seen as the "hardest" to adopt - older teens, children with medical needs, and groups of siblings. In 2015, we helped find adoptive families for 43 local children.

Heart Gallery Fiesta on the Field 2016

Our annual Celebrate Me Home Gala – a night of dinner, drinks, auction, entertainment, and most importantly, celebrating the forever families created in part by the Heart Gallery over the past 10 years

Heart Gallery Alabama's Junior Board Celebrates Kid At Heart

Join Heart Gallery Alabama's Junior Board at Good People Brewing Company and act like a kid again! We'll have a silent auction, games, food, music by Amen Corner, and there is no entrance fee! A portion of the night's sales will go to support Heart Gallery Alabama. Heart Gallery Alabama is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding forever families for children in Alabama’s foster care system by raising awareness and educating the public. Heart Gallery’s volunteers and staff collaborate with the Alabama Department of Human Resources to create a photographic portrait exhibit of children in foster care, which travels to public venues across the state. Our photographs serve as a compelling and authentic representation of children across Alabama who are searching for loving, permanent families. Heart Gallery Alabama interviews each available child, and these interviews can be found on the child’s web page.

Heart Gallery of North Dakota Visits Devils Lake

JOIN US FOR A PRESENTATION BY MICHELLE KOMMER, PRESIDENT OF THE NORTH DAKOTA HEART GALLERY. in Devils Lake, at the Lake Region Heritage Center The North Dakota Heart Gallery is a photographic exhibit of North Dakota children waiting to find their "forever family" through adoption. Every child deserves a family to call their own. The North Dakota Heart Gallery exists to make that dream a reality. The exhibit is made possible thanks to professional photographers throughout North Dakota who volunteer their time and talent to create portraits that showcase each child’s personality and spirit, introducing potential families a glimpse inside their heart. Join us for brief remarks about the North Dakota Heart Gallery, and a viewing of a touching photographic exhibit of North Dakota children waiting to be adopted.

ADOPTION PARTIES & OTHER MATCHING EVENTS

Come Join us at Sunshine Farm A party for school-aged children, children of all ages with special needs, sibling groups and their social workers, prospective adoptive parents who are home studied or currently in the homestudy process. Sunshine Farm Sanctuary Rear Building, 258 Walnut Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324

Jordan's Furniture Celebrates Foster Care Awareness Month in New Haven Connecticut

The Connecticut Heart Gallery will be formally unveiled at Jordan's Furniture in New Haven with a pre-lunch-time faire of guest speakers and an afternoon of celebration of Foster Care Awareness Month, Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 11am - 4pm. DCF has partnered with Jordans to bring guest speakers including Joette Katz (Commissioner) and special testimonies of foster children and parents. Discounts at IT, the world's largest adventure ropes course will follow the event.

The Mare Heart Gallery

“Every year, I look forward to the day of the Walk/Run for Adoption at our Taunton facility. What a great feeling it is to look out at all of those families and those smiling faces…everyone coming together to support and celebrate adoption! I meet so many wonderful people and re-connect with some special kids, some who found their Forever Families at Jordan’s events. There is no better feeling in the world! So, please join me Sunday morning May 22nd at 9am in Taunton, MA for a fun event, celebrating an important cause."

Articles
Children's Heart Gallery in Arizona posts a brand new website!

The listings ahave been updated too! On September 29, 2012, the Arizona Department of Economic Security, in collaboration with the ArizonaSERVES Task Force, launched a new project to raise awareness of the need for foster and adoptive families across the state. The project, known as the Children’s Heart Gallery, will develop a multi-media online and traveling exhibit dedicated to finding adoptive homes, or ‘forever families,’ for children currently in foster care in Arizona. The Children’s Heart Gallery hopes to create photo profiles for at least 75 children who are currently in the Arizona foster care system and who have a case plan goal of adoption with no identified placement. The exhibits will be featured throughout Arizona. “This new project brings together community volunteers and businesses who are partnering with us – with the ultimate goal of finding these very deserving children new forever homes,” said Director Clarence H. Carter. “It takes the entire community to come together to help these children. These folks are prime examples of how everyone can play a role. We sincerely appreciate the support and dedication our volunteers are giving to the Children’s Heart Gallery project.” The first photo shoot of the project took place at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. Nowadays, in your business or your community organization, you can make a difference for these children. Schedule a showing!

Louisiana Heart Gallery

They are a volunteer, faith-based community trying to raise awareness for foster care and adoption and finding forever families for waiting children.

Record Number of Arizona Children Waiting for a Foster Family

With a record number of children who are waiting for a foster family, the Arizona foster care system is in a crisis. More than 18,000 children in Arizona’s foster care system are in need of a foster family. In Pima County, there are more than 3,000 children in need of a foster family and only 740 licensed foster care homes. Officials with the Department of Child Safety said children in foster care have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or abandonment.

Jacksonville Heart Gallery

Mission Family Support Services of North Florida (FSS) is a non-profit organization established to perform the role of Lead Agency in the Community Based Care project in Duval County and Nassau County, Florida. The Heart Gallery of North Florida was developed by FSS with coordinated efforts from community-based care partners, volunteer photographers and corporate supporters, to bring foster children out of the shadows and into the light, with the hope of finding them a forever family.

Heart Gallery of Tennessee

There are more than 250 amazing children available for adoption in the Tennessee foster care system. Come look at the children waiting for their forever family.

Childrens Home Socitey of Flordia

Moms and Families -- If you need help making your home all it can be for your kids, we're here for you. Just like we are for Samantha and her daughter Kennedy

The San Antonio Texas Heart Gallery is Visiting Cowboy Fellowship in Texas

This Sunday, April 24, Cowboy Fellowship will be participating in Blue Sunday, a national day of prayer for victims of child abuse and for those who rescue them. Please consider joining us at either the 8:30 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. worship service! We believe that every child matters to God.

Take a look at some of the recent success stories of children you've seen on "Forever Families."

Jennifer Borget interviews Heart Gallery of Central Texas's Coordinator Megan Ransom to find out what happened to some of the children featured in the Heart Gallery, who have been adopted.

Finally Home Strengthening Event

Our families come together in a unique way. It can be challenging to blend expectations and background experiences. Spend a day with us as we learn practical skills for building a healthy home that honors the whole family. FREE 9am-2pm

Matching Assistance (find your forever child)

What is the Matching Assistance Program (MAP)? MAP is a free membership program that provides nationwide families with access to additional child listings in order to help support home study-approved families who are seeking to adopt from foster care. MAP works alongside you, your adoption worker, and children's caseworkers during the "matching" phase of the adoption process, connecting waiting families with children.

Mykle needs a home near New Orleans, Louisiana

Meet handsome seven year old Mykle. Mykle has loads of personality which shines through in his photographs. He's an outgoing child who loves to make friends and is working on learning to set boundaries in his friendships. Mykle likes playing anything that will allow him to be outside. However, he can be content with watching television and of course playing video games. This articulate and intelligent youngster's favorite subject in school is reading.

Samantha

These are just a few of the words the adults in 11-year-old Samantha's life use to describe her. "She is a social child," says her DHS worker. "She enjoys interacting with others, especially adults. She has a great sense of humor, and she is easy to talk to and likable."

The North Dakota Heart Gallery Will Display on the Rotunda of the Barnes County Court House

The North Dakota Heart Gallery will be at the courthouse April 18-30 and will be set up in the rotunda. The ND Heart Gallery is a non-profit organization that was started in 2008 with a mission to reach out to the public and encourage the adoption of children waiting for forever homes. Through artistic photography, this organization showcases children’s personalities and spirit, showing potential families a glimpse inside a child’s heart. Children featured in the gallery are from throughout North Dakota.

Austin Texas' Heart Gallery Helps Children Find Forever Homes

There's a traveling art exhibit in Texas called the Heart Gallery. It features the faces of foster children waiting to be adopted. Our Jennifer Borget went to a YMCA where one exhibit stands, and inspires people to act and learn more about foster care and adoption. Find out how you can help on this edition of "Forever Families." There are always opportunities to host a heart gallery exhibit. For more information on how your organization can do so, or how you can adopt one of the children, visit the Partnerships for Children website.

2016 Michigan Heart Gallery Video

The Michigan Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic exhibit featuring older youth in foster care who are awaiting a forever family through adoption. This year's video includes: what the term "adoption" means to youth who are waiting for a family, why you should adopt older children, and how a family is made through adoption.

New Heart Gallery

Date: 04/16/2016 - 11:00am The Michigan Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic exhibit featuring older youth in foster care who are awaiting a forever family through adoption. We hope you will join us for this year's Red Carpet Premiere! The 2016 display features 125 youth, photographed by 54 volunteer photographers from across the state of Michigan. This event is FREE and open to the public! Pre-registration is highly recommended as space is limited. A parking voucher will be provided in a confirmation email following registration.

French Lick

FRENCH LICK — The Indiana Heart Gallery, a traveling exhibit featuring compelling portraits of children in need of adoptive families, is stopping in French Lick. The Gallery will be featured today from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. at the French Lick Springs Hotel for the Southern Indiana Autism Expo, an event to provide information and resources to families and others who want to learn about autism services, programs, and support.

Meet the Waiting Children!

This is a partial listing of the children in Massachusetts who are available for adoption. Children must be legally free for adoption to be listed online. For a more complete listing of over 500 children in Massachusetts who are available for adoption, please visit one of the many public libraries that carry the MARE Photolisting® Book. You can also see the complete Photolisting® Book at the Jordan’s Furniture stores in Reading, Avon, Natick, and Nashua, NH.

Heart Gallery: Helping Ohio children find families

There are 200 children up for adoption at any given time in Hamilton County. To help them find homes, the county's Job & Family Services Dept. is launching the Heart Gallery. Professional photographers volunteered to take photos of the children who are up for adoption. Nickie Hughes took several of the photos that were on display Wednesday night, April 13. "This is a kid who wouldn't smile for anything. He just would not warm up and then pretty soon he started posing and laughing and it was just a really good time," Hughes said standing in front of one of the photos.

Two families, 4 brothers!

One amazing family adopted a sibling group of three and found out they had another brother! They called a friend and their friend adopted the fourth brother so they could stay together!

Tampa Bay Heart Gallery

Look at all these amazing children waiting for their forever families! Learn about all their likes and dislikes, hopes, wishes and dreams. Maybe your family will be the perfect fit?

Connecticut Heart Gallery April & May 2016 Exhibit Locations

Empowered to Connect Conference

Empowered To Connect, together with Show Hope, hosts the Empowered To Connect Simulcast — a two-day conference designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders, churches, and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be.

2016 Patsy Baggett Award Winner Announced

A Petrolia couple who have helped many foster children were honored with the Patsy Baggett award today. Pat and Syvilla Stacy have been foster parents since 2007 and have opened their home to over 90 children. The two have donated countless amount of hours assisting with the Heart Gallery and Child Abuse Prevention Month activities, as well. In addition, Pat serves as the president of the local Foster Parent Association.

8-year-old Matthew is eager to find a forever home

Many foster kids have suffered a lot of trauma and it takes them a while to open up. But as soon as I met eight-year-old Matthew he was chatting away, telling me about the things he likes most and his favorite things to do. Matthew, who is so friendly, is patiently waiting to find a forever family. You could say, the cards have been stacked against Matthew in life as a child in foster care, but Matthew knows how to shuffle things around and turn bad hands into good ones. He is resilient and is excelling in school.

NE Louisiana Heart Gallery Visits Monroe's Art Crawl! Check it out!

We will be setting the Heart Gallery up at the Downtown Gallery Crawl in Monroe on April 7, 2016. The Gallery will be set up on the second floor of Aubrey Hall. Hope to see alot of people!!

Waiting Children

Meet The Kids We have found this program beneficial in finding families for our children. We ask that as you view our 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!

Colorado Heart Gallery Features Kids in Fostercare

Watch this video about waiting children being featured in the Colorado Heart Gallery. http://www.coheartgallery.org/main-photo-gallery.html

Beauty Anatomy hosted foster children.

In March, Beauty Anatomy Institute instructors, students and graduates hosted foster children from the Heart Gallery of Broward County. Beauty Anatomy Institute is providing complementary services to women, men and children of all ages selected by local nonprofits, schools and charitable organizations.

Postpartum depresson led to adoption

Most people are able to have children biologically, some people go through postpartum depression. This led a family to decide to add to their family through adoption instead of giving birth again. They ended up with an awesome forever family. "I still had the longing to have a son, but the postpartum depression scared me so badly that I didn’t want to have another child due to the fear it would happen again. This really bothered me for a while because I felt like a failure.""When our youngest daughter was around a year old my husband and I began discussing the possibility of adopting a boy to complete our family."

Heart Gallery Open at Indian River State College

The Heart Gallery of Okeechobee & the Treasure Coast, a unique and stirring traveling photographic exhibit featuring children in foster care hoping to be adopted, will be on display through April 29 at Indian River State College. The gallery features children who have been removed from home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. These children are older (7-17 years old), sibling groups, minority or bi-racial or may have physical, emotional or behavioral issues. Please come visit and see if there are any children who stand out to you or to get more information about adopting.

Forever Families: Heart Gallery of Central Texas

There are hundreds of children right in our area who are in foster care just waiting for a family to adopt them. All around the country photographs of children hang in businesses around town showcasing some of these children. Our Jennifer Borget shows us what the people behind Heart Gallery hope to achieve.

Meet the Waiting Children!

Meet the waiting children of South Carolina! Look through their photos, you may feel called to be a parent to one of these awesome kids!

Florida's Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco Counties adds 4 new Youtube Videos

Learn about Stephanie, Nykia, Emily, and Anthony...

Neveah

Meet Neveah! This adorable little girl is looking for her forever family. To read more, click the link!

How to Get Started In Louisiana: Check Out the Orientation Schedule!

We believe every child deserves a loving family to call their own. There is a great need for parents willing to be licensed foster parents, able to provide a temporary home for children needing a stable, loving environment. There is also a need for parents wanting to adopt children that are legally available to be adopted. If you are interested in fostering temporarily, or fostering to adopt, you will first need to become a Certified Foster Parent and can begin the process by taking one of the classes listed. This schedule covers Regions 1-9 in Louisiana.

Texas Information Meetings

Throughout March, April, May, and June you can attend an orientation about becoming foster or adoptive parents. Each week, there is an orientation in a different county of Texas: Angelina, Tyler, Jefferson, Jasper, and Orange counties to name a few. There are many meetings coming up in many different counties, so please look at the schedule to see what works for you. Click on this article to learn more...


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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