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Heart Gallery Alabama Posts Videos of 25 Children, all waiting for adoption

Heart Gallery Alabama Posts Videos of 25 Children, all waiting for adoption

There are no unwanted children. Only unfound families." The concept of a "family" is foreign to far too many children. For reasons beyond their control, they have found themselves living in the foster care system. Many have passed through several homes, enduring neglect and sometimes violence. Others may be considered "harder to place" because they belong to a sibling group or have special needs. Some are older children who have endured the system for years. All of them are souls with a basic longing for a "normal" life. . . for someplace to call home. They all need a family.

The Harbor seeks to help foster kids succeed through independence

Bolivar, Missouri, Heart Gallery Exhibit spawns clothing store available to foster families

Missouri Coffee-House starts "The Harbor" and seeks to help foster kids succeed through independence

Project Harbor (formerly Calling 3:16 Ministries) is seeking volunteers to help foster children in Bolivar, Polk County and surrounding areas. Created by The Bean 3:16 Coffee House owners Angel and Matt Hovey, Project Harbor is under the umbrella of Community Outreach Ministries, which is home to Bolivar’s food pantry, Golden Rule Thrift Store, Shepherd’s Place community meal and car care ministry.

Where is the love for children in foster care? Give them a chance to soar

Where is the love for children in foster care? Give them a chance to soar

What do you remember about heading off to college, or starting your first job? You were likely a bit nervous about living life outside of your family's home, but also excited about getting out "on your own." Now, imagine if that milestone in your life also meant you really were on your own, with no family support or even a family home to go back to on school breaks. Unfortunately this happens to nearly 3,000 Alabama youth each year. They "age out" of foster care without being equipped to go through this world alone.

Adopting Through Foster Care: a Less Expensive Alternative

Adopting Through Foster Care: a Less Expensive Alternative

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A private domestic or international adoption can cost tens of thousands of dollars. But Americans wishing to expand their family have another option that costs next to nothing: adopting through foster care. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau reports that nearly 400,000 American children were in foster care in 2012, and about a quarter of those were waiting to be adopted.

From the Heart... #1 - The Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco

From the Heart... #1 - The Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco in Florida

A live, FREE 7-week Workshop on Adoption Training, Florida, Starting April 10

Are you thinking about adoption? Make an informed decision about one of the most important things you can do to "make a difference"! The Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco is excited to share their first Adoption Podcast, discussing the History of the Heart Gallery and Adoption. This is the first of a weekly series of podcasts, by experienced professionals, which will give you an insider's view of the system, give you tips that they have learned from others, and give guidance based on their direct experience. Learn how foster children find Adoptive families through the dedicated efforts at the Heart Gallery. Tune in every Tuesday around 11am, EST!

Heart Gallery Hero: Heart Gallery Alabama's Founder and Executive Director: Michelle Bearman-Wolnek

Heart Gallery Hero: Heart Gallery Alabama's Founder and Director: Michelle Bearman-Wolnek

Ten years ago, Heart Gallery Alabama (HGA) began as a grassroots effort after an article was published in Parade Magazine about the Heart Gallery of New Mexico. Local child advocates contacted the director of Heart Gallery NM, Diane Granito, who helped guide the formation of Heart Gallery Alabama. On Feb. 14, 2005, Michelle Bearman-Wolnek and Karen Nomberg met with Connie Rogers and the Director of Adoptions from the State Office of DHR who agreed to share the children with HGA. The very first Heart Gallery exhibit was held in November of 2005 at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

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Arkansas Heart Exhibit in El Dorado (Video)

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Chris Reaves, left, and Avery Langston hang pictures of children that are available for adoption on the Arkansas Heart Gallery Wall in the El Dorado Conference Center. Event runs through Thursday.

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Seven-year-old Elisha in urgent need of a forever home

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A seven-year-old boy is in urgent need of a forever family. Right now, he's living in an emergency children's shelter. The foster system is the only life Elisha has ever known. He was only two-years-old, when he was placed into foster care. And after years of struggle, Elisha deserves some stability.

A Family For Every Child's Hero For A Day Treats Oregon Foster Children

Oregon Foster boys get to be Heroes for a Day

A Family For Every Child's Hero For A Day Treats Oregon Foster Children

Dylan Askew, 3, tore through the obstacle course set up by student athletes from the University of Oregon. He leapt and crawled over large plastic blocks, tackled dummies and caught a football tossed to him on the final stage. Then he raced back, gave his mom a high five, and did it again. And then again. “You know it’s a well-run event when the boys want to do everything again,” said Dylan’s adoptive mom, Melissa Askew of Eugene. (Say [Return] if you are not a subscriber).

February 14: Wear Red For HGA Day!

February 14 was Wear Red For HGA Day!

Thank You Everybody For Supporting Wear Red For HGA Day!

Show you have a heart by wearing red for HGA

Heart Gallery Alabama Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Wear Red For HGA Day For 10 years Alabama (HGA) has been finding families for children living in Alabama’s foster care system. Since it’s inception in 2005, Heart Gallery Alabama has photographed close to 1,000 children with 70% of them being placed in permanent, loving families.

Arkansas Heart Gallery Wall to be displayed at Conference Center

Arkansas Heart Gallery Wall to be displayed at conference center

The CALL in Arkansas and The Agape House are partnering to bring the Arkansas Heart Gallery Wall, a display showcasing the children available for adoption in the state of Arkansas, according to Karen Langston, coordinator of The CALL in Union County.

Adoptions Together Asks You to Open Your Heart This Valentine’s Day to Foster Children

Adoptions Together Asks You to Open Your Heart This Valentine’s Day to DC Foster Children

Heart Gallery Features Area Children in Need of Forever Homes

The Heart Gallery is a portrait exhibit of children in need of adoption.

Adoptions Together, celebrating 25 years of building and strengthening families formed through adoption, guardianship, foster care, and kinship, is asking that people open their hearts and consider adoption of needy children featured in their “Heart Gallery” this Valentine’s Day. The Heart Gallery, presented by Adoptions Together, features compelling portraits of 47 local children in need of adoption, taken by acclaimed local photographers.

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Trilingual Trio Looking For a Forever Home

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Three siblings, who happen to know three different languages, are looking to find one home. It's a challenge, to find one forever family to take in three children, but these siblings want nothing more than to live together.

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HGA is helping Alabama's youth become 'little heroes'

Heart Gallery Alabama (HGA) is celebrating its 10th anniversary by honoring our "Heart Gallery Heroes," but we have some very special "little heroes" who also make a difference in helping advance our mission: finding forever families for children in foster care in Alabama.

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Adoptable Children's Portraits Stop in Plainfield, Indiana

Adoptable Children's Portraits Stops in Plainfield March 1-14

Adoptable Children's Portraits Stops in Carmel February 26 - March 1

Traveling exhibit highlights need for adoptive parents

Traveling exhibit highlights need for adoptive parents (Video)

Indiana Heart Gallery's Perpetual Calendar

Indiana Heart Gallery in Franklin depicts children in need of homes through Feb. 28

Adoptable Children's Portraits Stops in Franklin, Heart Gallery at Ivy Tech Feb. 13-28

Adoptable Children’s Portraits to Bowl a Strike in Greenfield, Heart Gallery at Local Bowling Alley Feb. 15-28

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!

The Heart Gallery of Middle Tennessee: Meet Kal' El

The Heart Gallery of Middle Tennessee: Meet Kal' El

Meet Kal' El!

He loves Star Wars, Legos and painting. He would really love to find his forever home. Kal'El doesn't let autism get it the way of his goals and refuses to let it hold him back. He's looking for a family which enjoys church and going out to eat. FOX 17 This Morning's Erin Como spent the day with Kal'El and you can find out more about giving him a forever home at the Heart Gallery website.

Aaron From Florida Likes Chinese Food, Pit Bulls, and Clothes

Aaron From Florida Likes Chinese Food, Pit Bulls, and Clothes

Aaron likes Chinese food, pit bulls, and clothes. Aaron would change the world by becoming President, lowering taxes, and helping the homeless by building more shelters. Fun, smart, and athletic, Aaron loves to play first person shooter video games, hanging out with his friends, as well as football and wrestling. Aaron would like a forever family that will help him maintain his current connections while helping to empower him and support him in achieving his goals.

Foster Children's Well Being Neglected, Lawsuit Says

Ten Arizona Foster Children Take Their Struggles to Court

The Arizona Children's Heart Gallery

Lawyers working with an Arizona public interest research group, claiming to seek class action status, have taken the State of Arizona to court, in a Phoenix federal court, about the level of support the children are being provided in foster care. The plaintiffs charge that the expansion and restructuring of the Arizona system were not adequate to fix the problems in the system. The Childrens' Heart Gallery, which was completely revamped by Arizona DES, continues to seek loving, permanent homes for children in its care. (As a 501c3 non-profit charity, Heart Gallery of America is prohibited from taking a position in this matter, but all the same, we still encourage parents who can see past the political and legal issues to make a positive difference in the lives of one or more of these children).

Heart Gallery Alabama Founder Julie Marks

Heart Gallery Alabama Founder Julie Marks

Heart Gallery Alabama would like to introduce you to another one of our founders and our next Heart Gallery Hero, Julie Marks. Julie shared with us the reason she thought it was important to start Heart Gallery Alabama and why she feels that the work HGA does is still important 10 years later. Click to read more.

Orphan Train Book Program Includes Sarasota Florida Heart Gallery

Orphan Train Book Program Includes Sarasota, Florida Heart Gallery

“Orphan Train” author Baker Kline’s visit to Sarasota kicks off February events

Schedule of Events: Feb 5, 6, 16, 17, and 21st.

This extensive historical and educational series is being presented in Sarasota County's public libraries. It includes 6 presentations. The Heart Gallery is included in Changing the End of the Story: What Happens in our Local Foster Care System".

Los Angeles Police Department Hosts Heart Gallery, Encourages Consideration of Adoption

Los Angeles Police Department Hosts Heart Gallery, Encourages Consideration of Adoption

More Than One Way To Be A Hero

A unique presentation was made Wed. Jan 28 at 9:30am in LA's Deaton Auditorium to all interested Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) employees interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents. LAPD has promoted this recruitment message extensively to their staff throughout the city's police stations. The theme of this recruitment event is, "There is More Than One Way to be a Hero." The presentation will include a panel of foster and adoptive families, two of which are LAPD officers including Officer Deandre James.

The struggles of adolescence are even greater for teens in foster care:

The struggles of adolescence are even greater for teens in foster care:

For many reasons beyond their control - neglect, abuse and abandonment - hundreds of children have found themselves in the Alabama foster care system. Heart Gallery Alabama (HGA) has been recruiting families for children living in foster care in Alabama for 10 years. Each child on Heart Gallery's website has a professional photograph taken and they are interviewed by HGA Executive Director, Michelle Bearman-Wolnek. These photographs and video interviews are then placed on the HGA website to offer perspective families a glimpse into each child's unique personality.

Help Heart Gallery of Georgia Sponsor the Next Group of Heart Gallery Kids

Help Heart Gallery of Georgia Sponsor the Next Group of Heart Gallery Kids

The mission of Heart Gallery of America ® Inc. is to facilitate and utilize the power of photography to capture the individuality and dignity of children living in foster care, in order to advocate for their permanency, raise public awareness about their needs, and obtain support to help meet those needs.

Credit Union Exhibits Photographs of Foster Children

Credit Union Displays Highlight NC Foster Children in Need of Homes

Credit Union Partners to Spotlight Foster Care and Adoption in North Carolina

North Carolina Credit Union Exhibits Photographs of Foster Children

North Carolina's SECU Puts Adoption on Display

Credit Union Exhibits Photographs of Foster Children

Picture Displays of North Carolina Kids for Adoption

SECU Partners to Spotlight Foster Care and Adoption in North Carolina

Credit union displays highlight NC foster children in need of homes

Gallery finds forever homes for children

For the next seven months, visitors to State Employees Credit Union branches across the state will see displays featuring the photos of children in foster care in North Carolina who are looking for permanent homes. The hope is that the smiling faces in these photographs will catch people’s eyes and inspire them to consider adopting one of these or another of the nearly 10,000 children in the state’s foster care system.


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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