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Foster care and adoption information night in Brookville, Indiana

Guests will hear firsthand experiences from current foster and adoptive parents. The IDCS Region 12 foster care and adoption specialists will be on hand to answer questions as well as hand out information. Franklin County Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will also present volunteer opportunities and answer questions.

What A Foster-To-Adoption Process Is Really Like

To jump into the world of foster-to-adopt, a person must be absolutely fearless, and find within them a certain measure of faithfulness. Faith that this situation will turn out the way it is supposed to, and that I will have the strength to live with the result, no matter what it might be.

Heart Gallery helps special 5-year-old find a family

Donna and Greg Hart fell in love with their new son after seeing his story on the Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay's website. Anthony has cerebral palsy and has spent most of his five years in this world in foster homes. His special needs didn't scare away his new parents. In fact, they feel like he was supposed to be theirs all along.

Foster care reforms in Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s foster care system has made significant progress over the last five years, but we still have work to do, especially in supporting the great foster parents we already have.

Conway couple grows family through foster care, adoption

After talking about their options and possible avenues, Lindsey and Joe decided that fostering with the intent do adopt was the route they wanted to take and both had a desire to be a part of that change.

Family court judge worried about Texas foster care bill

A bill that some say will help foster children is moving to the Texas Senate, but critics of the bill say while helping children in need is a good thing, shutting out foster families that don’t fit a certain profile will be detrimental to the cause.

Tuesday's Child Joses finds father, mentor

Dave, single his whole life, was inspired to adopt when watching "Tuesday's Child" but specifically Jose after seeing his Adoption Rhode Island heart gallery portrait.

Ashland woman shares own experiences when advocating for foster care, adoption

ASHLAND, Ky. - Chrissy Shamblin does not mind at all when someone remarks that her daughters, 9-year-old Kelly and 6-year-old Kailey, look nothing like her or her husband, Matt. The girls are blond-haired and blue-eyed, while Chrissy and Matt are brown-eyed with darker hair. The way Chrissy sees it, that's a perfect opportunity to discuss one of her favorite topics: adoption.

Colorado DHS Recognizes Colorado Foster Families

First Lady of Colorado Robin Hickenlooper and Reggie Bicha, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), today recognized five families from across Colorado for their dedication to Colorado's kids in foster care as part of National Foster Care Month. Nearly 100 people attended the luncheon celebration at the Governor's Mansion. "This is one of my favorite days of the year," Bicha said. "We often hear of the seemingly heroic experiences of foster parents and we wonder: 'Could I do that?' The truth is, the five families we recognize today are ordinary Coloradans who have answered the call and stepped up to care for children and youth who need a safe and loving place to live while their parents receive support and learn the skills they need to build a stable home."

Family Shares Experience Adopting Children From Foster Care System

SAN ANTONIO - When the state steps in to remove children from a home, its ultimate goal is to eventually reunite the kids with their families, but when that is not possible the kids are made available for adoption. According to data provided by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, over the past six years an average of more than 1,370 foster kids per year were waiting to be adopted by a forever family in the San Antonio area. See something, say something: Resources for reporting abuse and getting help Four years ago, Stephen and Shannon Ivey became foster parents with the hope of adopting a child. Within hours of being notified by the state they were approved to foster children in their home, they had their first foster child delivered to their doorstep by a caseworker for Child Protective Services.

Indiana Heart Gallery

More than 400,000 children live in foster care nationwide. "They're sitting in foster homes, and they do not have a mom and dad, and we'd like to help them get adopted," says Steve Brown, Indiana Heart Gallery Facilitator. 20,000 in Indiana still need foster homes. The Heart Gallery is a traveling photo exhibit that takes the issue one step further. It showcases children available for adoption. "These children all want to be adopted. If they're old enough they've expressed it, a desire to be adopted. They don't really care how it happens. They just want it to happen," says Brown.

Foster Parent Appreciation Month calls need for foster care homes

There is a growing crisis in Washington’s foster care system. There are currently more children entering foster care than the present number of foster homes can handle and the need for more homes is urgent. Sadly, due to the shortage of homes, many of the children from Douglas County end up being moved to other counties in the state — this can seem like light years away from everything familiar to a child. (The outcomes for children in foster care are much better when they are maintained in their home community.) In some areas of the state, children as young as 2 years old have had to be supervised by social workers in hotel rooms overnight because there was no foster placement available.

7 siblings adopted together after years in foster care

A family of three in Georgia became a family of 10 when they adopted seven siblings who spent nearly their entire lives in foster care. Josh and Jessaka Clark, of Rincon, are now not just the parents of their 3-year-old son, Noah, but also Maria, 14, Elizabet, 11, Guillermo, 10, Jason, 8, Kristina, 7, Katerin, 7, and James, 5. “It was full of emotion,” Jessaka Clark, 25, told ABC News of Tuesday’s adoption ceremony. “Honestly it’s still surreal to me.”

Gov. McMaster signs bill that allows foster kids to drive

More teenagers in South Carolina can be licensed to drive with a bill signed into law Monday morning. Governor Henry McMaster signed his name to the bill that allows for children under foster care to get driver’s permits and licenses, with the signature of their foster parent.

How New ICWA Guidelines, Regulations Support Native American Children

After decades of disproportionate placement of Native American children into foster care and inconsistent application of ICWA by states, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) last year published new regulations and guidelines to help states consistently apply the law and provide best practices for reunifying an Indian child with his or her family and keeping him or her connected with family, culture and community.

Maine needs foster homes for kids with special needs

The state says there's a continued need for foster homes in Maine as more children come into state custody because of parental substance abuse. Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew says there's a particular need for foster families who support reunification as well as those caring for teens, sibling groups and youth with special needs.

Plight of foster children taking center stage in legislature

More than 12,000 children in North Carolina are wards of the state — up about 25 percent over the past five years, Sen. Tamara Barringer, R-Wake, told Carolina Journal. No one can explain the spike, and state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are working toward an answer.

Locals take steps for children waiting to be adopted

Saturday at War Memorial Stadium, families "Walked for the Waiting," raising awareness for three non-profit organizations that are working to make a difference every day in the lives of waiting children.

Texas House doesn't take vote on adoption bill

Parents seeking to adopt children in Texas could soon be rejected by state-funded or private agencies with religious objections to them being Jewish, Muslim, gay, single, or interfaith couples. That's the potential effect of a bill in the state House. It had been set for debate Saturday, but the chamber bogged down with other matters, meaning it may now come up next week.

Foster Care Pack drive gives dignity to state’s foster children

“Oftentimes, these children transport what little they have in garbage bags,” Hubbard said. “It was an image that just weighed, weighed and weighed on my mind. To the extent of replacing garbage bags with duffel bags — we wanted to do that. We set a goal of 500. We brought 879 out of a workforce of 406 people.”

Baptist Professor to Lead Kentucky Adoption Overhaul

Daniel S. Dumas will begin his new job as a special adviser to Gov. Matt Bevin on June 19. His contract calls for him to assess a state system that has more than 8,000 children in out-of-home care and yet consistently has not met federal standards on preventing abuse and neglect.

Heart Gallery gives voice to kids seeking forever families

There are hundreds of children in the Bay Area who are waiting to be adopted. And a local organization is giving these kids a face, a voice, and a place to shine. "These are kids that have been abused, neglected, abandoned -- but through no fault of their own. And they are in the Heart Gallery because they deeply desire a family. They still have hope. They're really great kids, they're wonderful kids," said the Children's Board Heart Gallery of Tampa's Jesse Miller.

Connecticut Heart Gallery Exhibits During April and May

Click for Connecticut locations that highlight the full gallery or a portion of the gallery. The most updated pictures and stories can be found on our website. The Department is very appreciative of our community partners who help us highlight our children. If any business is interested in hosting the Heart Gallery, please contact Jacqueline Ford at jacqueline.ford@ct.gov

As number of adoptions drops, many U.S. agencies face strains

NEW YORK — For legions of Americans craving a chance to adopt children, a confluence of daunting trends makes this an especially distressing time. The overall number of U.S. adoptions has dropped significantly in recent years, straining the viability of many adoption agencies and drawing some into conduct that authorities describe as unethical. Would-be adoptive parents confront the specter of long waiting times and high fees. And many face pressure to spend lavishly on self-promotional advertising if they want to compete for a chance to adopt an infant. Chuck Johnson, CEO of the National Council for Adoption, estimates that 1 million families are trying to adopt at any given time. "No matter where they go, unless they're super lucky, they're going to be in for a long wait," Johnson said. "They're going to be in a slow, painful process for foster care or in this massive competition for the limited number of healthy infants — and that's where the situation is ripe for fraud. There are so many families who want to adopt, and so few options for them."

Sunday's Child: Matthew, 12, recently made the honor roll

Matthew is a twelve-year-old boy of Hispanic descent who enjoys playing video games and playing outside. Matthew is a sports enthusiast and enjoys watching and playing all different types of sports. Everyone who knows Matthew says that he is very active. Matthew is currently residing in a residential program and he attends school on-site. Matthew recently made the honor roll for the first time and was very proud of himself! Matthew’s social worker is also very proud of Matthew and all the progress he has made. It costs little or nothing to adopt a child from foster care. Unlike international or private adoptions, there is no adoption agency fee. There are also a number of free post-adoption support services available to families statewide, including support groups and respite care.

Bay News 9's Al Ruechel honored by Heart Gallery of Pinellas-Pasco

The gala committee honored Ruechel for his tireless efforts to help foster care children living in the Bay area. Ruechel was honored Thursday night during an Heart Gallery event at Tropicana Field. The mission of the Heart Gallery of Pinellas & Pasco is to increase the number of successful adoptions of local children in foster care. In addition to featuring children, we recruit and support families interested in adoption.

In Focus, episode 7: ‘Aging out’ of foster care in Arizona

On this episode of In Focus, we look at the foster care system in Arizona, specifically for those in the system over the age of 18. Although foster children can leave the foster care system when they turn 18, they can sign a voluntary agreement to continue until they turn 21. Why might some teens decide stay? We talk with one young woman who explains her choice. Across the United States, the total number of children in foster care has decreased by 80,000 since 2006, and most states have followed this downward trend. Arizona is one of 14 states that saw an increase the number of children in foster care between 2006 and 2015. The number of children in foster care in Arizona has almost doubled since 2006, according to data collected by the federal Administration for Children and Families.

Los Angeles’ Tech Community Steps up for Foster Youth

Currently, there are more than 18,000 foster youth in L.A. County, making it the largest child welfare system in the nation. These children and youth face significant challenges. Research has shown that only half will graduate from high school, while a disproportionate number will experience homelessness and unemployment once leaving the system. These are very real problems with very real solutions, but it will take true collaboration between tech and government.

Oregon: State needs foster homes

Oregon has approximately 21,000 children who need placement in foster homes, but only 1,800 foster homes, said state Rep. Andy Olson, during a community meeting in downtown Albany on Thursday night. “You can see the problem there,” he added. The meeting, held at the Flinn Block Hall, was focused on problems in the foster care system, and about 40 people attended. Olson urged residents to recruit potential foster parents who could provide loving homes for children. Wendy Brownell, former president of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Linn County, wondered why people were no longer interested in being foster parents.

Alabama Bill Allowing Adoption Agencies to Follow Faith-Based Principles Passed by House

A bill that would allow faith-based adoption agencies in Alabama the freedom to refuse applications based on religious beliefs and convictions is on its way to being signed by Gov. Kay Ivey. HB24, a bill allowing adoption and foster care agencies to follow faith-based principles when it comes to placing children under the care of aspiring parents, has been passed by state lawmakers and is making its way to Gov. Ivey's desk, AL.com reported. The bill was unanimously passed by the Alabama House of Representatives by a vote of 87-0. Rep. Rich Wingo (R-Tuscaloosa), one of the sponsors of the "Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act", said that some adoption agencies around the country have been forced to place children in homes even if these homes go against their religious beliefs and convictions.

Our Most Current List of Lists of Children Who Await a Permanent Adoptive Home

There are lots of agencies, including Heart Gallery of America, that list children who are waiting for a family. These lists are primarily intended for parents who have completed their home study and are looking for a child to adopt. In all cases, the child's primary social worker has given the listing agency permission to list the child as available for adoption. In almost all cases, you will be given a form or find instructions on how to reach that primary social worker. In most cases, the child has been determined by the courts to be legally free to be adopted, although the listing details vary in some states. If you find any legal listing of children not in our list, please let us know. You can reach me at webmaster@heartgalleryofamerica.org .


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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