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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
Join the Heart Gallery at the Barons Game!

Join the Heart Gallery at the ball park, June 5th, 2016!Join us on the Home Run Porch as we cheer on the Birmingham Barons against the Mobile Bay Bears! Enjoy food and drink all while helping Heart Gallery Alabama recruit families for children waiting in Alabama’s foster care system! Game starts at 6:00PM. First pitch will be thrown at 5:30PM so come early! Tickets are $35/adult ticket, $23/child $100/Family 4 pack. Ticket prices include,admission to reserved seating on the Home Run Porch, food and drink, HGA Classic T-shirt, family swag bag and a kids pass to the Fun Park!

Hero For A Day in Eugene Oregon Turns Foster Kids Into Heroes

Hero for a Day is a special event taking place on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 12-3pm. This year, it will be held at a new location at the Willamalane Center in Springfield, Oregon. This event allows foster children to be transformed into heroes for one special day. Hero for a Day is for children ages 2 to 18 and is a day filled with tons of fun activities designed to create not only an educational and fun experience for local children, but raise awareness about the foster care system. This event is free for children in foster care.

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United Capital Funding Corp. Major Corporate Sponsor for the Heart Gallery

Mark Mandula, Managing Partner of United Capital Funding Corp., the leading provider of professional Accounts Receivable based funding and credit management solutions in the United States, announced today that United Capital was a Home Run Sponsor at the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco County Fiesta of the Field Event 2016, May 5, 2016 held at Tropicana Field, Saint Petersburg, Florida.

Traveling Indiana Heart Gallery Exhibit Stopping in Greenwood

A traveling exhibit that depicts children in need of adoptive homes will be in Greenwood starting this week. The Indiana Heart Gallery, a traveling exhibit featuring portraits of the children, is available for viewing at the Greenwood Public Library, 310 S. Meridian St. The portraits will hang through June 2. The portraits can be viewed 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Heart Gallery of Northwest Texas Splits into 3 Regions

To better serve the children we advocate for in the Heart Gallery of Northwest Texas, we have decided to split the Heart Gallery into three Heart Galleries: Region 2, Concho Valley and Permian Basin. Advocates in each area are needed to ensure that every child who is waiting for adoption finds their Forever Family.

North Carolina Heart Gallery Visits Gastonia Public Library Through the end of May

The North Carolina Heart Gallery is a photography portrait exhibit to raise awareness about North Carolina's children available for adoption

Heart Gallery of Missouri

The Heart Gallery was created to allow children currently in foster care, hoping for adoptive "forever families," to step from the shadows into the light. Thank you for taking the time to meet a few of the more than 1,200 Missouri children looking for a home just like yours.

Justin

Justin H. is one of the children looking to find a forever home. He's 16-years-old and likes to repair broken items and practice brick masonry. Click here to view his video or to learn more about Eddie and Heart Gallery Alabama.

Ride It On Home

The largest spin-fundraiser to date at SOHO Cycling Studio, raised $57,000 to support the waiting foster children of the Heart Gallery.

Indiana Heart Gallery visits Libby's Ice Cream in Jasper

We will be having an awesome display at the shop which showcases several children from Indiana who are wanting to be adopted and looking for homes.

Los Angeles has thousands of childrens who need foster homes, and thousands of adults who could provide them

All you need to do is to get involved. Contact your local office of human services.

Connecticut Heart Gallery Exhibit Opens

It’s Foster Care Awareness Month, and Wednesday a special event was held in New Haven. It was held at Jordan’s Furniture this morning. The owner, Elliot Tatelman is a foster parent. He debuted a permanent video exhibit in his showroom featuring children hoping to be adopted. It’s called the Heart Gallery. Tatelman knows firsthand the rewards of helping children who need a home.

Need for foster parents in Maine reaches ‘crisis’ level

Peter Crovo of Community Health and Counseling of Houlton is hoping to raise awareness for the dire need of foster families in the state. As part of his job, Crovo recruits and develops foster families for Community Health and Counseling in Aroostook County, but the number of people willing to enter into this type of program has been on an alarming decline for a number of years. Community Health and Counseling has offices throughout the state, including three in Aroostook County (Houlton, Caribou and Fort Kent), and specializes in placing foster children with special needs in homes.

Indiana Heart Gallery - Focus on Adoption Display at Vevay Public Library

A photo gallery calling attention to Indiana’s need for adoptive families is stopping in Vevay. The Indiana Heart Gallery is on display at the Switzerland County Public Library through Tuesday, May 24. The gallery is free and open to the public. The Indiana Department of Child Services uses the gallery’s portraits to put a face on a sometimes invisible need and to show how adoption can change lives. The portraits were done by photographers who donated their time, talent and skills.

The Capital Region Heart Gallery

The Capital Region Heart Gallery is a visually stunning exhibition of portraits of local children who need forever families. The professional photography captures the unique personality and spirit of each of these children and young adults who are waiting to be adopted. The mission of the Capital Region Heart Gallery is to raise awareness of the need for permanent loving adoptive families for the hundreds of children awaiting adoption in this region. Our goals are to inspire individuals who otherwise might never have considered adopting, and to motivate those who have. Since its inception in 2005, The Capital Region Heart Gallery has placed more than 40 local children in loving families. This success is a testament to the tireless efforts of the NYS Office of Children & Family Services, local agency staff, foster families, volunteer photographers, and generous local businesses. They have helped bring attention to the great need for permanent families for local waiting children. We hope you will make time to visit an upcoming exhibit of the Capital Region Heart Gallery, to join us in celebrating the children of the Heart Gallery and the people who work to find permanent families for all of them.

Wanted: Louisiana Couples Willing to Make a Difference

There are 47 children in foster care in Avoyelles Parish. There are approximately 30 parish children who are placed in homes outside of Avoyelles due to a shortage of those willing to open their homes and hearts to those in need of a suitable, safe and loving home. May is National Foster Care Month -- a time when various state agencies and private non-profit organizations attempt to raise public awareness of the important role foster parents play in so many children’s lives, and of the dramatic need for more men and women willing to make the commitment to make a difference in a child’s life. The Avoyelles Parish office of the state Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) will hold a Foster Parent Appreciation reception at its office on Tunica Drive in Marksville on Thursday (May 19).

8 Things All Kids In Foster Care Want People To Know

Every year during National Foster month, the president issues an annual proclamation praising the contributions of the child welfare professionals, and foster parents looking after the 400,000 children who are in the US foster care system. No doubt some of these adults are pretty awesome, but for me, the real heroes are the brave young people who pack up their whole world in a trash bag to go and live with people who are in most cases, complete strangers. They are placed in foster families, institutions or group homes. More than a quarter of all foster care placements are in kinship placements, where a child is placed with relatives.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

The Heart Gallery of Illinois is made possible through the generous contributions of volunteers. iCAP works with professional photographers throughout the state who donate their time and talent to help capture the vibrant personalities of waiting children. The Heart Gallery of Illinois was launched in 2005 and has displayed over 100 portraits of waiting children, many of whom have been placed with loving, adoptive families.

Alabama Foster Children in Need of Foster Homes

Each Friday, we feature a foster child in Alabama who is in need of a forever home. This week we introduce you to Renie. She's 17 years old. Renie is very artistic and loves arts and crafts. And she tells us if she had 3 wishes, what would they be?

Three California siblings hoping to find one forever family

Most children in foster care have had to endure many disappointments and big disruptions in their young lives. Many times, sibling groups end up separated in the foster system and that's the hard reality for the three kids featured in this Adopt 8. But they remain hopeful that, they will soon find one forever family to take in all three of them. Our playdate began with a big hug between brothers and their little sister too. Unable to live together right now in foster care, the three siblings cherish every moment they can spend together.

North Carolina's Heart Gallery On Display at Rutherford DSS

North Carolina's Heart Gallery is on display at the Rutherford County DSS. Rutherford County is also developing its own heart gallery, consisting of just local kids who need a permanent home. If you live in North Carolina you can find out more by calling. Please contact Angela Black or by phone at 828-287-6295.

A Project Helps Kids Find Forever Families

There are at least 653 children in Louisiana looking for "forever families." They are boys and girls who are in the state's foster care system and whose relationship with biological family has been permanently terminated in court, said local adoption advocates Andria Fontenot and Karley Duhon. The pair recently got involved with the Louisiana Heart Gallery, an organization that puts faces and stories to those numbers. Though Duhon said, there's a good chance many have seen their faces before.

Cincinnati Reds Provide Free Tickets for Foster Families May 19th

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month and the Cincy Foster Care Collaborative will be celebrating along with children and families across the city on Thursday, May 19th at the Ballpark thanks to a generous donation of 1,000 Cincinnati Reds tickets in partnership with Most Valuable Kids.

Florida's Broward County Sees a Dramatic Increase in Need for Foster Parents

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The demand for foster parents is increasing in Broward County. In fact, those who work daily to place the most vulnerable children in loving homes, call it a crisis. "The system is experiencing an overwhelming volume of children in care and we are looking for homes that will care for those children in a loving, nurturing environment," said Monica King, executive director of ChildNet Broward. ChildNet is an organization contracted by the Department of Children and Families to handle case management in Broward County. King said there are currently 3,500 children in state care. Of those, 800 are in foster homes and 300 are in group homes.

The Michigan Heart Gallery Opens in Devils Lake

A traveling photography exhibit stopped in Devils Lake, with the hope of helping children in need. They're kids age 2 to 18 from across North Dakota in need of forever homes. Each picture a representation of some aspect of their personality. Rachel Johnson, Lake Region Heritage Center: "Like if they like art, it'll be the kid painting. Or if they like sports they'll be playing outside. It really tries to give you a snapshot into the personality of each child." The Heart Gallery's exhibition at the Lake Region Heritage Center opened tonight with about 30 photographs on display. In Devils Lake, as many as 10 children can be placed into foster care each month. With only 12 foster families available in Ramsey County, the need for foster care parents is urgent.

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV)

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A traveling photography exhibit stopped in Devils Lake, with the hope of helping children in need. They're kids age 2 to 18 from across North Dakota in need of forever homes. Recommended for you Mitchell B. HinesMoorhead man pleads guilty to sex charge involving girl Moorhead police looking to reunite drone with owner Free meals, drinks questioned on audit of North Dakota state employees Kristi Hoistad, Lakes Social Services: "They are members of our communities. They are family friends." Each picture a representation of some aspect of their personality.

Rhode Island Heart Gallery Displays at Pawtucket City Hall

The Pawtucket Arts and Culture Commission is inviting the public to view Adoption Rhode Island’s 11th Annual Heart Gallery during the month of May. The Heart Gallery, a traveling exhibit of professional portraits of children in Rhode Island state care waiting for a family, is on display in the City Hall Gallery, presented by the Pawtucket Arts and Culture Commission. The exhibit features a small percentage of the hundreds of children in foster care hoping to find a permanent and loving home. A booklet accompanying the gallery shares the stories, hopes and dreams of the children pictured.

A Gallery of Hope

The Kern County Department of Human Services, with support from several community partners, has opened The Heart Gallery – A Gallery of Hope. The Gallery currently features several children who decided to take a chance on this project, with the hope that having their portrait featured could lead to them finding a “forever family.” The kids were matched up one on one with local photographers, who donated their time, talents, and materials to make the exhibit possible. Now, the portraits are on tour throughout Kern County.

AN OREGON JUDGE SHARES THE JOYS OF ADOPTION FINALIZATIONS

An Oregon Judge recently presided over finalizations of adoptions of a young child, but also shared about herself. Judge Allen is the adoptive mom of two boys and and tells why adoption is so important and rewarding.

Heart Gallery New Mexico Releases Summer and Fall Orientation Schedule

If you live in New Mexico and might be interested in opening up your home, find out more... attend a local, free information meeting and learn more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent! CYFD staff and foster parents will be available to provide information and answer questions about the process to become a licensed foster or adoptive parent at the following locations (click on city name to jump to a list of dates). Reservations are not necessary; just show up!

Heart Gallery Alabama showcases children needing forever homes

There are a number of children in Alabama's Foster Care System in need of a forever home. Heart Gallery Alabama is a nonprofit organization dedicated to families for those children. Each week in May, WSFA 12 News will feature one of those children. This week, we introduce you to Eddie, a 17-year-old, bright-eyed and interesting young man who loves all types of music.

Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco marks 10 years of creating forever families

PASCO COUNTY -- For years, the Gallaghers wanted to adopt an older child. "We had always said throughout our marriage that once we were older, we wanted to adopt a teenager," Dawn Gallagher said. "To give the opportunity to a teenager that my husband never had." Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco connects families with foster kids Gallagher family met Alexis and Jessica through Heart Gallery Organization marking 10-year anniversary this week Dawn's husband, Scott, had aged out of the foster care system when he turned 18. Dawn said he never had a chance to have a family and they wanted to give that opportunity to a teen child in the foster care system.

Childhood Is a Birthright

Fundamentally, this article is about an incredibly sweet boy named Daniel, who is caught in a system not of his own making. As always, when meeting some of the impossible number of children in foster care, I think about the benefits they, and society as a whole would reap, if each of these young people were living in secure, loving homes. The goal here, is just that...finding a permanent family for Daniel. he “lucky” kids have deeply committed foster parents and live with them just as children who are not in the system live with their parents. The majority though, are bounced around from home to home, neighborhood to neighborhood, school to school, for their entire childhood. Children are entitled to a secure upbringing. It’s called childhood and it is their birthright. The reason people aren’t given adult status until they’re 18 in this country, is because we recognize that children aren’t able to care for themselves and make appropriate decisions concerning their own welfare. They need guidance, and they need love.

Delaware Heart Gallery

On any given day, there are approximately 50 children in Delaware waiting for an adoptive family. Each child is unique and in need of the love and support only a family can provide. Portraits of children currently available for adoption in Delaware are highlighted in this online Heart Gallery.

One Simple Wish

The Gletows journey into foster care began when an 18 month-old little boy nervously entered their home wearing a coat two sizes too big after being removed abruptly from his abusive home. Over the next two years they learned so much more about the children living in the foster care system, the resources they were going without, the lack of awareness in the general public and the support these children desperately needed and deserved. They knew they had to do more for children in foster care and vowed to commit their lives to doing it. One Simple Wish was born in 2008 to empower everyone to brighten the lives of children in foster care in simple, yet meaningful ways. All children deserve happy childhoods. One Simple Wish creates them. Watch to learn more about our wonderful work!

Heart Gallery gives foster teens chance at adoption

Every child deserves a loving home, but many kids don't have the chance because they move from foster home to foster home. It's even more difficult for older children and teens in the foster care system to find a forever home. The Heart Gallery gives adoptable children a space to display professional photos, biographies, videos and more to people interested in adoption. The people behind a new website are working to change the perception of older adoptable children by showing off their unique personalities. Alexis Gallagher, 12, and her 16-year-old sister, Alexis finally learned there's no place like home, with the help of Heart Gallery. They were adopted by Scott and Dawn Gallagher last year. The family's journey began with the Pinella-Pasco Heart Gallery.

Rose

Rose is in need of a forever home with two loving parents who would be able to provide her with a tremendous amount of love, support, and attention. Rose would thrive in a home with structure and stability.

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.

May is National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month, a month set aside to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. During National Foster Care Month, we renew our commitment to ensuring a bright future for the more than 400,000 children and youth in foster care, and we celebrate all those who make a meaningful difference in their lives.

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."

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.” Nowadays, in your business or your community organization, you can make a difference for these children. Schedule a showing!

Heart Gallery Los Angeles Visits West Hollywood City Hall!

Heart Gallery LA is visiting the West Hollywood City Hall on Santa Monica Blvd.

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.

Connecticut Heart Gallery April & May 2016 Exhibit Locations

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...


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