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"All Children Deserve a Family"

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National Adoption Day:
November 22, 2014


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
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Waiting For Adoption

There are nearly 400,000 children in foster care in the United States.
Over 101,000 need adoptive homes right now.
More than 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?

News and Events (or click here for a gallery in your state)

Come Fall in Love With A Child

Connecticut Heart Gallery Exhibit Opens October 2

The Green Street Art Center at 51 Green Street, Middleton will host the Heart Gallery from October 2 - October 29th. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, October 2nd 6-8pm. The exhibit is a collection of various photographs of children who are medically complex, have siblings or are young adolescents to older teens. These children all have one wish in common, to find a permanent connection with a family.

Celeste Dallas - Child Advocate

Too old to be adopted?

According to the New Mexico Children Youth and Families web site, at any given time there are around 2,500 children who are in the foster care system. Some of these children are teenagers and many “age out” of the system. Foster families can’t afford to support these children once they turn 18 because they lose the assistance that comes with fostering children. As a result, teenagers that have aged out of the system are asked to leave their foster homes and are essentially homeless with no family ties or support...

South Carolina Heart Gallery

Behind the Scenes at a Photo Shoot

It was a typical summer's day in the South – with heat and humidity that felt like a sauna. But the temperature didn't hold us back. Today, it was all hands on deck for the SC Heart Gallery photo shoot in Falls Park in downtown Greenville, SC. Staff and volunteers showed up early to set out coolers of bottled water and juice and boxes cookies and chips for the children to enjoy during their time with us. Several volunteer photographers prepared ...

Fostering Families Today

Diamond and Shadrach, from Heart Gallery Alabama, Make Cover of National Magazine

Starting with the next issue, six or seven Heart Gallery Alabama kids will be described inside the magazine as well. Fostering Families Today explores the issues that profoundly affect families and children through articles and stories reflecting professional expertise and the experienced perspective of dedicated parents.


Heart Gallery at Avondale Meadows YMCA in Indianapolis, Sept. 22 - Oct. 6

Indiana Heart Gallery at Greenwood "Whale of a Sale", October 3-4

Indiana Heart Gallery shown at Building a Healing Home (RAPT) Conference

Indiana Heart Gallery's Current Showing Schedule

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!

Judge calls for more foster families

Judge Shepherd puts out call for more foster families in Northeast Missouri

A Missouri Circuit Judge has said that the need for foster families has increased during the past three years at a Heart Gallery exhibit in Missouri. The Missouri Heart Gallery exhibit, exhibiting in Hannibal, is a joint effort between the Missouri Department of Social Services and the Adoption Exchange of Missouri to raise awareness about children in need of foster and adoptive families in Missouri.

Heart Gallery Alabama

One life changing day

Meet Mizaus!

Heart Gallery Alabama introduces William

Resilience=The Foster Child

Indroducting Patrick and Andrew

Meet the Pridgen family

Heart Gallery Alabama: A Look Back

Heart Gallery of Alabama would like to introduce Jaylon

Hundreds of Alabama's children are in need of loving homes. Over the course of the next few months, you'll meet them. And, maybe, provide the love and stability they need. Heart Gallery Alabama, a nonprofit that strives to find a permanent family for the children in Alabama's foster care system, will use this space on AL.com to introduce readers to those children and share their stories.

The Middle Mom Blog


Project Zero Heart Gallery got a message... and gives hope that someone will see his photo and be moved to action on his behalf...

Plan for Orphan Sunday

Heart Gallery of Northwest Texas Joins Orphan Sunday, Encourages Others

Orphan Sunday in San Angelo Texas

We invite you and your church to share God's love for the orphan on November 2nd, 2014. Orphan Sunday is simply an opportunity for us to reflect God's love for orphans in each of our churches. Each church may have a different way of doing this...a prayer, a sermon, a small group study, a youth activity, a concert, a shared meal, a speaker, the opportunities are endless!

JohnJay and Rich

Radio Personalities Sponsor Heart Gallery now in Chandler, Arizona

If you are at Chandler Fashion Center please go check out The JohnJay & Rich Care for Kids Children's Heart Gallery. It is located near Fossil & The Gap. This is a mobile heart gallery that the JohnJay & Rich Care for Kids Foundation gifted to the community in effort to find forever homes for children living within the Arizona Foster Care System.

Finding Forever

Finding Forever: The Rewarding Yet Sometimes Frustrating Road to Adoption

Think about the state taking you away from your troubled mother when you're just 7 years old. Think about bouncing from one foster home to the next before finally being placed in one for three years while awaiting an adoption over which you have no control. And then think about how, one day, you meet a woman from Oregon, who's been "matched" with you through a foster child adoption service in that faraway state, and who says she wants to take you home with her – forever. [Click button at the bottom to read without subscribing].

Amarillo Texas CPS short on homes for kids

Amarillo Texas CPS Short On Homes Needed For Kids In Foster Care

In the Amarillo area, Child Protective Services is removing fewer children from their homes this year, but the agency struggles to keep them in the region, leaders in the field have said. More than 200 children are placed outside of the region at any point in time, regional CPS Director Camille Gilliam said.

Artists Team Up to Help MARE Find Forever Families

Potters Contribute Cups, Show Heart Gallery, in Benefit for Mass. Foster Kids

Opening November 7, 2014 in Greenfield, MA: exhibition and sale of handmade cups honoring the many children in the foster care system.Every potter invariably has a cup or mug that just hasn't sold. Much like these kids, its unique qualities have not been given their due. Potters across the nation have been invited to contribute such a cup to this exhibition to represent a child in the foster care system. Also included will be professional photographs and information about some of the children in foster care. A portion of the proceeds from each cup sale benefit the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (M.A.R.E.).

Missouri Heart Gallery Classic

!Colores! - the "Heart Gallery" changes lives by capturing the many faces of foster children waiting to be adopted.

The last third of this last week's !Colores! documentary details what magic can happen during a Heart Gallery photo shoot, how kids open up and connect with their photographer, why a Heart Gallery photo with a professional photographer is important, and how it makes a difference. Each of the photographs represents a great potential for a positive outcome!

Keana, 12, Looking for fun, permanent home

MMA Fan Christopher, 15, Looking for Forever Family

Outdoor-Loving Marshall, 15, Seeks Forever Family

Santana Looking for a Permanent Home

Skater, Sean, 13 Wants a Forever Family

Heart Gallery of Central Texas Features Adoptable Children

The Heart Gallery of Central Texas is a special program that's new to Partnerships for Children. "What it is, is a traveling art exhibit and community outreach and education initiative that focuses on the children here in Central Texas available for adoption," Partnerships for Children's Megan Ransom said. More than 30 volunteer photographers are working with Partnerships for Children to take photos of adoptable children for the Heart Gallery. "It gives our community a chance to see these children," Ransom said. "You really get to see their spirit. You get to see their smiles."

HR4980 Heads for the President's Desk

Adoption Incentives Bill Clears Senate, Heads to President

H.R.4980 - Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act

A bipartisan and bicameral child welfare bill to restructure adoption incentives, require tracking of failed adoptions and limit long-term foster care is headed to President Obama's desk for signature. The Senate passed The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (H.R. 4980) in the late hours of its last session before the November elections. The House has already approved the bill. The bill, if signed by Obama, will effect major change on federal adoption programs in three areas: New Adoption Incentive Awards, Tracking Adoption Disruption, and Reining in APPLA.

Shannon Newton

New Arkansas Trucking Association President Adopts From Heart Gallery

The Newtons recently became parents to their third child, David, who just turned 17. The couple has two other children, Nash, 7, and Nyla, 5. But Newton says she was moved when she learned that teenage boys are the least likely to be adopted out of foster care. "I was truly broken once I became aware of the need," she said. "These waiting kids are not just numbers or statistics. Each one is a real kid with hopes and dreams just like all of the other children I knew."

The Home Run Club

Tampa Bay Rays Support the Home Run Club For Foster Kids

The Tampa Bay Rays, the Heart Gallery, and Eckerd Community Services are in the fifth year of a partnership to provide foster families tickets throughout the baseball season, along with experiences to prepare for adoption. This year, the Rays doubled the size of the suite at the Stadium, allowing nearly 100 children to participate in the activities...

Adoption: Mississippi Teens Face the Challenge

Adoption: Mississippi Teens Face the Challenge

In 2010, the average age of a child adopted in Mississippi was 6.3 years. Only about 10 percent of children 13 and older were adopted. Children age out of the adoption program at age 21, many with no relatives. Some choose to leave the program when they turn 18, depending on whether they have means to support themselves.

Foster Children Featured in Flashy Fashions

Local Celebrities Pair with Kids in Foster Care for Fashion Show

Foster Children Featured in Flashy Fashions

The fourth annual Back to School Fashion Show featured 13 school-aged foster children available for adoption, dressed to impress with clothing donated by Goodwill Industries of the Big Bend. Kids were paired on the runway with local dignitaries, deputies, firefighters, and other "heroes", in an effort to raise awareness of the need for adoptive parents.

Heart Gallery of Northwest Texas

Newsletter: 51 Tom Green County Children Are Awaiting Adoption

Update: Information sessions, thank you, support group, Sunset Mall Community Day, First Annual 5K Run, Slamfest, Orphan Sunday, book recommendation, and more... check out the newsletter and calendar!

Christian Radio Network Seeks Prayer for Heart Gallery Teenager

Christian Radio Network Seeks Prayer for New Orleans Heart Gallery Teenager

This month, we are praying for Donald, a 13-year-old in the 7th grade. His favorite subject in school: Computer. His favorite food: Fried chicken. His favorite after school activity: Listening to music. His favorite TV Show: Sesame Street. Donald is non-verbal, but is playful and loves to engage with others. He would thrive in a family that can offer him love, affection, and plenty of attention.

Heart Gallery Alabama at Eastdale Mall

Heart Gallery of Alabama Exhibition September 2 - September 30 in Montgomery

The Alabama Heart Gallery is currently on exhibition in Centre Court at Eastdale Mall the entire month of September. Heart Gallery Alabama's mission is to promote adoption of children currently in Alabama's foster care system. There are over 5000 children in foster care in the state of Alabama. Of these, over 500 are available for adoption. Many of these children will be adopted by their foster parents. The rest are still waiting. In order to promote adoption for these waiting children, Heart Gallery Alabama recruits professional photographers to take meaningful portraits that capture the unique spirit of each child.


Photos for a Good Cause!

You can bring a smile to a child's face, and having them say "cheese" is just step one. The Heart Gallery of America is an organization through which photographers meet and photograph foster children with the goal of helping them find their forever families.

Through the Eyes of a Child

Through The Eyes of a Child

Most of us can't imagine life without our families. They are the people who are always there to help us celebrate our successes and our failures. They are who we turn to for a word of advice or a shoulder to cry on. Because a family is more than flesh and blood. It's having people who love you unconditionally. It's a support system that helps each of us along life's journeys. Yet, thousands of children across South Carolina have never understood the meaning of a family. They have never felt the safety and security of a loving home; they've never experienced unconditional love… but they also haven't given up on it.