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A Family Tops Derrick's Birthday Wish List

He's a seven-year-old boy, who's celebrating a birthday next week. And the best gift he could receive is a forever family. Derrick, an easy-going, outgoing young boy who loves to hike and camp. Derrick impressed me with his politeness, allowing me to putt first during our playdate at Boomers San Diego. Derrick is in second grade and seemed so at ease playing mini golf. Derrick navigated the course like a pro, conquering all obstacles in his way, just like he's done throughout his young life.

Portraits Raise Awareness of Missoula Children who need foster, adoptive families

On Thursday, June 25th at 11am, Robin Selvig will unveil the latest Heart Gallery at Southgate mall. The gallery will feature six children who are in need of permanent foster and adoptive homes in Western Montana. This is the second Heart Gallery unveiling in the past year for Youth Homes, who is coordinating this project in collaboration with Partnership for Children and the Child and Family Services Division of the State of Montana. They hope that the gallery will raise awareness of the wonderful children who need homes in and around Missoula, and increase their chances of finding loving, permanent families. This is a promising opportunity for children like thirteen year-old Terry, who is an artistic honor roll student with a respectful and gentle demeanor, who deeply desires to be part of a loving family.

Sold-out soiree benefits Partnerships for Children

More than 300 gathered at a recent celebration for Children in need in an expanded space of the Cover 3 downtown restaurant, which was open exclusively for this event!

Scroll To "Heart Gallery"

An online photography exhibit of Children in need of forever homes, called a "Heart Gallery" is necessary in order for these children to find permanent homes. Without one, there is only a 5% chance of finding a forever home. But when exhibited, that percentage raises to 50%! A grant has been received to build such a tool. The new "Heart Gallery" will be up for viewing soon! And this special work will be provided with the help of professional photographers and videographers.

12-year-old Antonio still waiting for forever home

Just a toddler when he was placed into the Foster Care System, Antonio, now 12, still awaits a forever family. He's been in foster care for a decade and would like to know the wonderful feeling of having a forever home.

Adopted teen celebrates a special Father’s Day

This year 14-year-old Shannon Hawkins received something she has always wanted...just in time for Fathers Day. A new Dad! And Mike Hawkins is the lucky guy who stepped up and granted her wish!

Lifting of gay adoption ban in time for Father’s Day

Florida was the last state to remove restrictions on adoptions by same-sex couples. And they did just that, in time for Father's Day for 15-year-old Jarrett, a teen with Fragile-X Syndrome, who was just adopted by two dads!

Heart Gallery Captures Adoption Importance

Vickie Lovett with Pretty Pictures volunteers her photography skills to photograph children waiting to be placed in forever homes. A black an white copy of these photographs along with a description of the child is then circulated state-wide in hopes that a family will want to adopt the child.

Eleven Florida Starbucks to Display Adoption Albums

Eleven Manatee County Starbucks stores have partnered with the Sarasota YMCA-Safe Children Coalition and The Heart Gallery to display adoption albums which feature 16 children, including sibling groups, that are currently in foster care that are awaiting a forever family. The adoption albums will be displayed in the lounge area of each Starbucks. "Open This Book to Change A Life!" is the cover. At 11 a.m. June 11, the albums were delivered to the Starbucks at 5783 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Heart Gallery Helps Devereux Community Based Care Meet Adoption Goals

PORT ST. LUCIE — With a month left to go, Devereux CBC has met its adoption goal for the fiscal year. As of May 22, 120 children from Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast have been placed in adoptive homes. The goal was 120.

Four-year-old Brailin will melt your heart!

Even though he is only four years old, Brailin is very activity oriented and loves to play and therefore would make a great addition to a family without children or no more than two children. He prefers patience, structure and supervision from a forever family.

New Mexico Governor helps unveil new Heart Gallery of youths available for adoption

Gov. Susana Martinez gave a personal boost Thursday to the New Mexico Heart Gallery initiative, which aids in the adoption and placement of foster children. She helped unveil the 30th and newest digital Heart Gallery featuring foster youngsters available for adoption during a visit to Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. The number or Heart Galleries throughout the state has doubled from 15 to 30 in the past year.

Marque, Age 13, Needs a Forever Family

Marque, born September 2001, loves to play basketball, football, and video games. He is both an Alabama and a Philadelphia Eagles fan. He would like to play football for these teams when he grows up. Marque's favorite food is pizza. He would like a family that will allow him to have contact with his twin sister who has been adopted.

New York’s East River Ferry Showcases Foster LGBT Youths for North Brooklyn Pride

The East River Ferry in New York will be a floating Ferry, exhibiting portraits of foster children in need of forever families. The campaign will coincide with the East River Ferry’s participation in the first-annual North Brooklyn Pride Festival, which will bring together the local population and businesses of Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick at an all-day event featuring music and activities celebrating diversity while also bringing awareness to LGBTQ youth in need. The festival kicks off at noon on Saturday, June 20, running until 9 P.M., at N. 11 Street between Wythe and Kent Streets in Williamsburg.

Christian Family Adoptions Expands Heart Gallery of Hope

Christian Family Adoptions, which started Heart Gallery of Hope more than a year ago, has expanded the gallery to include a web presence, a photography program, and more listings. Heart Gallery of Hope partners with the other two heart galleries in Oregon to provide professional quality photos of children who are available for adoption. Heart Gallery of Hope focuses on the Portland, Oregon area.

Jacob & Lyann hope to live together again soon

A San Diego, California 10-year-old boy, with a passion for soccer, would love a family to cheer him on at his games. His eight-year-old sister loves to read, swim and play at the park. All they're missing is a family to call their own. Jacob and Lyann have been living apart, far too long, as they wait to find a forever home.

South Carolina Heart Gallery Displayed All Over South Carolina

There are displays in Greenville, Powdersville, Simpsonville, East Pickens, Pickens, Clinton, Laurens, Columbia, Irmo, Charleston, Summerville, Beaufort, and Myrtle Beach Click here to find out more about children who are waiting for a permanent adoptive family in South Carolina. There is also an online Heart Gallery.

St. Petersburg City Council Member Adopts a 17-Year Old, Gives Her Hope... and a Family

Her life had been mostly stark, and so her story would be too. Just a series of 61 index cards, held up one after another, to tell the unadorned tale of a child in search of a family to love. Mariah Boyd steadied the camera, turned on some inspirational music, and began recording her version of a 21st century life. "Hello, the first card read", "I would like to tell you a story." By the seventh card, you already know Mariah was removed from her parents' home for the first time at age 2. By card No. 15, her eyes flutter and her pace slows. "Seeing your mom snort pills up her nose …"

Governor Scott Announces the Unveiling of the Heart Galleries Photo Exhibit for Florida Foster Children

Today, Governor Scott announced the unveiling of the Florida Association of Heart Galleries exhibit featuring photographs that highlight children in foster care who desire to be part of a permanent, adoptive family. Since 2010, over 12,500 children have been adopted from Florida’s foster care system and have found their “forever family.”

Journey to Adoption

A child doesn’t need someone who is perfect. He needs someone who is willing. Someone willing to hang in there for as long as it takes for him to realize that he’s worth loving. He needs someone who is willing to grieve with him for what he’s lost. He needs someone who will be totally honest with him so that he will learn to trust again. He needs someone willing to see that they needed him too, someone to take the journey with him.

The Jansen Family: Everyday MVPs

The Tampa Bay Rays host adoption match events at Tropicana Field throughout the season, like the ones that matched the family shown. There are still more than 3000 children waiting to be adopted in Pinellas and Pasco counties...


Shyann, born January 2000 is outgoing and joyful. Her ideal birthday party would be at a skating rink. She loves to sing and be in the choir at church. She likes basketball and animals. She is very talkative and enjoys the company of others. She enjoys playing with her friends and going bowling. Her idea of a perfect family includes a family that would get you anything that you NEED. She would like a home with a mom and siblings. Shyann would like to have a mom and dad if possible but must have a mom. Shyann loves animals and would love to have a pet. Shyann would like to have periodic visitation with her biological father if possible.

James is waiting for a family

There are currently over 16,000 children in the Arizona foster care system. The Children’s Heart Gallery features children in the system currently available for adoption. In this post, we show James, who is waiting for his forever family. James would like a family who is active, takes him to church and might even let him have a pet! He enjoys outdoor sports, especially going to the park and playing football or basketball.

Nine-year-old William in San Diego is hoping to find a forever home!

A nine-year-old martial artist is hoping for victory when it comes to finding a forever family. William, who enjoys swimming and tennis, would like nothing more than to have the stability and love of a forever home. The one constant in William's life these past couple years, has been his Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, Greg Murphy. “I am appointed by the court to be his special advocate so I interact with his foster parents, I interact with his teachers, his counselors, and anybody else who's in his life to be his special advocate,” explained Murphy.

Westminster teen who placed Craigslist ad to rent family for her birthday gets her wish

19-year-old Westminster woman who turned to Craigslist to find a family to share her birthday with is getting her wish. One day after Natalie Carson’s story aired on 7NEWS, the teen said Friday night that she’s found a Colorado family to share her birthday with in early June. Carson said she grew up in foster care and was never adopted. She posted an ad on Craigslist in hopes of finding a family to spend time with her on her birthday.

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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