The Indiana Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic exhibit
featuring children in foster care who need and deserve a safe
and loving home. The gallery showcases remarkable professional
portraits of and stories about foster children in Indiana – all of
whom long for loving and safe homes. The dramatic photos put
a face on a sometimes invisible need and remind families that
adoption can change lives.
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
About the Children
The Indiana Heart Gallery celebrates the amazing spirit and
steadfast resilience of the hundreds of Hoosier children who are
awaiting adoption. Staff at the Indiana Department of Child
Services (DCS) cherish each child and want to help them all find
their way to safe and loving homes, call 1.888.25.ADOPT.
You Can Help
Enrich your Life – Consider Adoption
The challenges can be great, but so are the rewards. Adoption
provides unique opportunities that transform a child’s life while
simultaneously enriching the life of the adoptive parent or family
who welcomes him or her. If you would like to find out more
about becoming an adoptive parent, contact the Special Needs
Adoption Program Specialist in your area at 1.888.25.ADOPT.
Host a Heart Gallery
A mini-gallery is a collection of portraits highlighting a
small group of Indiana foster children who are in need of an
adoptive family. The mini-gallery is compact, using floor space
approximately 6 feet by 6 feet. The display is self-contained and
does not require maintenance. The mini-gallery can be hosted for
a day, a week or longer. We will deliver it, and all you need to do
is set aside a small area for the display. There is no cost to you.
A picture is truly worth a thousand
words: One look at the gallery reveals
hope in spite of difficult circumstances.
Although many of the children
were removed from abusive and
neglectful situations, their
photos show they love to laugh,
are eager to learn, and enjoy
being with friends. Most of all,
the children dream of finding a
family to call their own.
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!