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The MARE Heart Gallery Exhibit at Springfield Public Library

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) Heart Gallery Exhibit

The Heart Gallery Shows at The Springfield, Mass. Public Library

Adoption Information Meeting, October 22 6pm - 7:30pm

The Springfield City Library, 220 State St., is hosting the MARE Heart Gallery. Families interested in adoption from foster care are invited to attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, October 22 from 6-7:30p at the Springfield City Library. Social workers, MARE staff, and experienced adoptive families will be on hand to share information and answer questions.

World Wide Zombie Dance Supports Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay

World Wide Zombie Dance Supports Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay

Thrill St. Pete, South Straub Park, St. Petersburg, Florida

The 2014 performance is benefiting the Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay, supporting the adoption of older and hard-to-place children. Zombie workshops are scheduled at Suncoast Dance and Music Academy, 290 9th St. N. (MLK), St. Petersburg, throughout October. St. Petersburg's local flash mob dance is part of the worldwide Thrill the World event that unites zombies in dance at precisely the same time all over the globe.

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Adoption Information Meetings in Rochester, New York

Interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent? Join Children Awaiting Parents & learn about the child waiting for you! These meetings are free and typically last about an hour. New families and their children are always welcome.

Celebrating LGBTQ Families

Syracuse New York: Celebration of LGBTQ Families with Heart Gallery

You are invited to participate in Fostering Families: A Mini-conference for Building and Celebrating LGBTQ Families and Allies, Saturday, November 1, 2014, in Syracuse, NY, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The conference, organized by the CNY LGBTQ Child Welfare Coalition, in which Friends in Adoption (FIA) participates, will be held at Park Presbyterian Church, 504 E. Fayette St, Syracuse, NY. Pre-registration for a modest fee of $7 per person is required, and this fee includes refreshments and lunch.

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Children's Coalition to hold Adoption Month events, including a Candlelight Vigil

A group of local organizations and individuals have been making plans to celebrate National Adoption Month, which is recognized in November each year. A candlelight vigil is scheduled for November 2nd, 2014 from 6-8pm at the Courthouse Gazebo in Cape Girardeau. The evening will feature music, adoption stories and information, and the Missouri Heart Gallery will be on display. Individuals and families can attend this free event to honor and celebrate adoption in their lives, or to learn more about how to get involved with adoption, foster care, and advocacy.

Willow Creek Community Church

Justice for the Orphan shows Illinois Heart Gallery at South Barrington Church

Guest speakers Eric Nelson, Executive Director of Administer Justice, Sgt. Ken Nicolai from the Salvation Army, and Steve and Sarah Carter from Willow Creek Church share powerful and heart-warming stories of how their voice and actions on behalf of the voiceless changed the trajectory of many lives. Join us for a light dinner, a display of the Heart Gallery of Illinois and an exposition of exhibitors impassioned about the plight of the vulnerable child. Learn about ways you can participate in our upcoming book study and make a difference in the life of a child. South Barrington Campus, Room B100, under the chapel.

Orphan Sunday

Orphan Sunday

Orphan Sunday is implemented by hundreds of volunteer coordinators all over the world. We are so excited to see what God has planned for Orphan Sunday this year! He is moving hearts across the world to care for the fatherless in amazing ways. If you are searching for a coordinator in your area, you can see our current team here.

Regina Calcaterra Luncheon and Heart Gallery Reception

National Adoption Month Heart Gallery Display at The Strong Museum

Annual Heart Gallery opening in Rochester, New York

Luncheon and Heart Gallery in Rochester NY

Register by October 23, 2014

Regina Calcaterra Luncheon and Heart Gallery Reception

In honor of National Adoption Month, Children Awaiting Parents (CAP) will host our annual Heart Gallery exhibit at The Strong, National Museum of Play with special guest speaker Regina Calcaterra and CAP's new Executive Director, Charles Reaves. CAP invites you to hear Regina's inspiring story of triumph over her past in the foster care system and allow your heart to be moved by powerful photos of foster children who still wait to be adopted. Free to the public, this is a family-friendly event to increase awareness of the need for adoptive homes for older children. The Judge Wagner 2014 Heart Gallery, a display of more than 20 photographs of children in need of adoptive families, on view at The Strong® museum from November 7–30, 2014.



News Stories


Kennedy Krieger Exhibit

Kennedy Krieger exhibit features portraits of children available for adoption in the state

BALTIMORE - Glen and Kora Polydore have been married for 10 years. They can't have children of their own, so now they're considering adoption. "The difference between you having your own kid and adopting one, it's not that different, at the end of the day you end up with a child and whether the child came from you or somebody else, the child is in your home and you love the child," said Glen. That passion for being parents is what brought them to the Kennedy Krieger Institute Outpatient Center to see The Heart Gallery . It features portraits of children right here in Maryland who need loving homes.

Heart Gallery of New Mexico

New Mexico Calendar: Learn About Adoption Near You!

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 these locations. Reservations are not necessary; just show up!

Sisters Looking for Family to Share Laughs With

Sisters Looking for Family to Share Laughs With

Denise, 12-Year-Old Art Lover, Wants Forever Home

Keana, 12, Looking for fun, permanent home

MMA Fan Christopher, 15, Looking for Forever Family

Heart Gallery of Central Texas Features Adoptable Children

The Heart Gallery of Central Texas is a special program that's new to Partnerships for Children. "What it is, is a traveling art exhibit and community outreach and education initiative that focuses on the children here in Central Texas available for adoption," Partnerships for Children's Megan Ransom said. More than 30 volunteer photographers are working with Partnerships for Children to take photos of adoptable children for the Heart Gallery. "It gives our community a chance to see these children," Ransom said. "You really get to see their spirit. You get to see their smiles."

Connecticut Heart Gallery Celebrates National Adoption Month

Connecticut Heart Gallery Celebrates National Adoption Month

The Connecticut Heart Gallery is a collection of professional photograph's of children longing for permanency. As we prepare for Adoption Awareness month 2014, please take the time to watch this video and share. If you have any questions about Connecticut's Heart Gallery children, please email Jacqueline Ford at jacqueline.ford@ct.gov. You may also visit our web at http://www.ctfosteradopt.com. Thank you for taking the time to help us create awareness for these special children.

Clear Channel Donates Billboards to Heart Gallery NYC

Clear Channel Donates Billboards to Heart Gallery NYC for National Adoption Month

We're so excited to announce the Heart Gallery NYC 2014 Billboard Campaign in Times Square in honor of National Adoption Month!!! Thank you to our special Heart Gallery NYC Team member at Clear Channel for helping to make a difference. The Heart Gallery NYC Billboard Campaign raises awareness to millions about the need for forever families for NYC children in care.

Heart Gallery of Middle Tennessee

Heart Gallery: Celebrating 1st Year and 1st Adoption

Heart Gallery of Middle Tennessee Celebrates Its First Year and Its First Adoptions

Luke and Katherine Marthdal of Franklin, Tennessee celebrated Sunday. They celebrated the adoption of their daughter, Sarah, 12, on October 10th. The 12-year-old was beaming at her party with a table that had all of her favorite things. The Marthedal's were connected to Sarah through Heart Gallery of Middle Tennessee. There are more than 100 Heart Galleries across the country. The organization takes professional photos of foster children eligible for adoption and places them online with a bio. Sarah was one of the first kids on this Heart Gallery's website.

Heart Gallery San Bernardino's, Be A Hero

Heart Gallery San Bernardino (California) Encourages you to: BE A HERO!

Facebook: Be A Hero For These Children

About the Adoption Process

San Bernardino Heart Gallery

Children and Family Services (CFS) is in search of the ultimate heroes for our children. The Heart Gallery's Be A Hero campaign features the children who are available for adoption photographed with their heroes. Children were photographed alongside San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon and Fire Chief Mark Hartwig, Colton firefighters, Redlands police officers and firefighters, and Rialto Police Chief William Farrar. The photo sessions were meant to be unique experiences for the children and offered them a by a glimpse of a day in the life of a profession they may want to go into one day.

Heart Gallery Alabama

Lessons on adoption and foster care I'll never forget

Help bring Heart Gallery Alabama to your city

Foster care and adolescence

Hundreds of Alabama's children are in need of loving homes. Over the course of the next few months, you'll meet them. And, maybe, provide the love and stability they need. Heart Gallery Alabama, a nonprofit that strives to find a permanent family for the children in Alabama's foster care system, will use this space on AL.com to introduce readers to those children and share their stories.

Help Foster Youth Get Adopted

Photographers: Help Foster Youth Get Adopted and Gain Experience!

When foster children are unable to be reunited with their family, they may need to find a new forever family. Their photos are posted on Heart Gallery websites where first impressions are everything when it comes to impressing prospective parents and creating an instant connection. That’s where you, the photographer, comes in: anyone can take a picture, but not everyone can capture the spirit of a child.

Christian Alliance for Orphans

New Federal Numbers are Out on Foster Care: Check Out the Ones Column

There weren't simply "over 400,000" kids in foster care last year. There were 402,378. There are eight kids in the ones column. While you could go to your pastor and ask him to get behind the idea of speaking up for the "over 400,000" kids in foster care, what if you just went and asked him for help with the eight kids in the ones column. You see, the problem is that 400,000 is a hard number to put a name to. However, eight is not.

The South Carolina Adoption Process

The Power of Video

The Adoption Process - Part 1

The Adoption Process - Part 2

What is involved with the adoption process? Though this article describes South Carolina's process in vivid detail, it is very similar, in general character, to the adoption process in many other states. While it can be daunting, it can also be well worth the trouble to dig up all those old papers, show your home, and go through a little training. If you are curious about adoption, attend a local orientation to find out more.

Number in US Foster Care Rises

Number of US children in foster care rises slightly after dropping for 7 years

After dropping for seven straight years, the number of U.S. children in foster care rose slightly last year, according to new federal figures released Monday. The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services tallied 402,378 children in the foster care system as of September 30, 2013, up from about 397,000 a year earlier, but still down dramatically from a decade earlier. The peak was 524,000 children in foster care in 2002, and the number had dropped steadily since 2005.

National Adoption Month

Planning For November, National Adoption Month

Child Welfare Information Gateway: Take the Survey!

New York City Residents: Make a Difference! Get Involved!

Please Join Us For Our National Adoption Month Initiatives! Heart Gallery is looking forward to our upcoming National Adoption Month campaign. The NYC initiatives include our annual Penn Station Exhibit and Times Square Billboard campaign. If you would like your agency to participate in these exciting outreach initiatives, please contact Heart Gallery at info@heartgallerynyc.org .

The Cost of Adoption

The Cost of Adoption

The Child Welfare Information Gateway, a U.S. government-funded adoption information service, estimates that the average U.S. adoption costs $8,000 to $40,000. If you're adopting a child from another country, the range is $15,000 to $30,000. If you're adopting through foster care, which generally involves becoming the parent of an older child, the cost is much lower: zero to $2,500. So what exactly are you paying for, other than the opportunity to become a parent? Here's a breakdown of where some of your money goes.

Come Fall in Love With A Child

Connecticut's Heart Gallery Celebrates Adoption Awareness Month

Connecticut Heart Gallery Exhibit Opens October 2

The Green Street Art Center at 51 Green Street, Middleton will host the Heart Gallery from October 2 - October 29th. The exhibit is a collection of various photographs of children who are medically complex, have siblings or are young adolescents to older teens. These children all have one wish in common, to find a permanent connection with a family.

The Children's Trust Miami Heart Gallery

A Video Introduction to the Children's Trust Miami Heart Gallery

This 3-minute video gives an overview of the Children's Trust Miami Heart Gallery. Founded in 2008, the Miami Children's Trust Heart Gallery reaches out to families and shares professional images. It lets many people know that there are foster children who need permanent loving families. It gives people who are considering adoption the opportunity to see the children's faces and hear their voices and get an opportunity to really follow up with the children. Many of the children in the Heart Gallery have been adopted, though there are still some who need families.

Heart Gallery South Carolina Locations

South Carolina Heart Gallery Displays Throughout the State

John's Island Regional Library

You can find the South Carolina Heart Gallery in Greenville, Powdersville, Spartanburg, Simpsonville, Pickens, Clinton, Laurens, Columbia, Irmo, Charleston, John's Island, Summerville, Beaufort, and Myrtle Beach during October. You can also find it on Facebook, Twitter, and by clicking through to the website!

Preschool Kids-Raise Money

Preschoolers Raise Money for Foster Kids

A recent fundraiser in Oldsmar netted $1,000 for the Heart Gallery of Pasco and Pinellas! The Big Bubbles Block Party in Oldsmar last Saturday might have been all fun and games, but it served a more serious purpose for the youngsters at The Learning Experience preschool in Oldsmar. The community event was designed to raise awareness for the Heart Gallery of Pasco and Pinellas. That nonprofit project is designed to put a spotlight on Bay Area foster children who are hoping to find forever homes through adoption. The online gallery features the stories and photos of dozens of kids while also offering information about adoption. The effort is funded through donations.

Celeste Dallas - Child Advocate

Too old to be adopted?

According to the New Mexico Children Youth and Families web site, at any given time there are around 2,500 children who are in the foster care system. Some of these children are teenagers and many “age out” of the system. Foster families can’t afford to support these children once they turn 18 because they lose the assistance that comes with fostering children. As a result, teenagers that have aged out of the system are asked to leave their foster homes and are essentially homeless with no family ties or support...

South Carolina Heart Gallery

Behind the Scenes at a Photo Shoot

It was a typical summer's day in the South – with heat and humidity that felt like a sauna. But the temperature didn't hold us back. Today, it was all hands on deck for the SC Heart Gallery photo shoot in Falls Park in downtown Greenville, SC. Staff and volunteers showed up early to set out coolers of bottled water and juice and boxes cookies and chips for the children to enjoy during their time with us. Several volunteer photographers prepared ...

Fostering Families Today

Diamond and Shadrach, from Heart Gallery Alabama, Make Cover of National Magazine

Starting with the next issue, six or seven Heart Gallery Alabama kids will be described inside the magazine as well. Fostering Families Today explores the issues that profoundly affect families and children through articles and stories reflecting professional expertise and the experienced perspective of dedicated parents.

HR4980 Heads for the President's Desk

Adoption Incentives Bill Clears Senate, Heads to President

H.R.4980 - Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act

A bipartisan and bicameral child welfare bill to restructure adoption incentives, require tracking of failed adoptions and limit long-term foster care became law Monday. It passed both houses of Congress unanimously. The bill will effect major change on federal adoption programs in three areas: New Adoption Incentive Awards, Tracking Adoption Disruption, and Reining in APPLA.

Indiana Heart Gallery

Adoptable Children's Portraits Exhibit Stops in Mishawaka: Heart Gallery at Northern Autism Expo Oct. 25

The Indiana Heart Gallery Stops in Noblesville at Harvest Bible Chapel Oct 23 - Nov 3

Heart Gallery brings attention to foster children in need of a home (Video)

Heart Gallery brings attention to foster children in need of a home

Adoptable Children's Portraits Exhibit Stops in Jasper, Indiana Oct 17 - Nov 1

Gallery shows children 5 to 18 looking for 'forever homes'

Indiana Heart Gallery at Vigo County YMCA

Heart Gallery brings attention to foster children in need of a home

Indiana Heart Gallery Exhibit coming to Terre Haute YMCA, Oct. 13 - 24

Heart Gallery Brings Attention to Foster Children

Exhibit Stops in Terre Haute: Heart Gallery at YMCA Oct. 13 - 24

Indiana Heart Gallery's Current Showing Schedule

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!

common dream - be adopted

University Mall Event Calendar

The 48 children featured in mall display have a common dream – to be adopted

Mall display shows foster children up for adoption

Mall display shows foster children up for adoption

Mall display shows foster children up for adoption

Mall display shows foster children up for adoption

Every face has a story to tell. The 48 children staring back at shoppers from portraits on display in the mall have something in common: They are all part of the Alabama foster care system and have a desire to be adopted into a loving family. Visit the Heart Gallery Alabama photo exhibit on the JC Penney wing of University Mall (October 1 - October 31). Heart Gallery Alabama features children in the Alabama foster care system, with the mission of helping them find their forever homes!

Judge calls for more foster families

Judge Shepherd puts out call for more foster families in Northeast Missouri

A Missouri Circuit Judge has said that the need for foster families has increased during the past three years at a Heart Gallery exhibit in Missouri. The Missouri Heart Gallery exhibit, exhibiting in Hannibal, is a joint effort between the Missouri Department of Social Services and the Adoption Exchange of Missouri to raise awareness about children in need of foster and adoptive families in Missouri.

The Middle Mom Blog

Today......

Project Zero Heart Gallery got a message... and gives hope that someone will see his photo and be moved to action on his behalf...

Plan for Orphan Sunday

Heart Gallery of Northwest Texas Joins Orphan Sunday, Encourages Others

Orphan Sunday in San Angelo Texas

We invite you and your church to share God's love for the orphan on November 2nd, 2014. Orphan Sunday is simply an opportunity for us to reflect God's love for orphans in each of our churches. Each church may have a different way of doing this...a prayer, a sermon, a small group study, a youth activity, a concert, a shared meal, a speaker, the opportunities are endless!

Finding Forever

Finding Forever: The Rewarding Yet Sometimes Frustrating Road to Adoption

Think about the state taking you away from your troubled mother when you're just 7 years old. Think about bouncing from one foster home to the next before finally being placed in one for three years while awaiting an adoption over which you have no control. And then think about how, one day, you meet a woman from Oregon, who's been "matched" with you through a foster child adoption service in that faraway state, and who says she wants to take you home with her – forever. [Click button at the bottom to read without subscribing].

Amarillo Texas CPS short on homes for kids

Amarillo Texas CPS Short On Homes Needed For Kids In Foster Care

In the Amarillo area, Child Protective Services is removing fewer children from their homes this year, but the agency struggles to keep them in the region, leaders in the field have said. More than 200 children are placed outside of the region at any point in time, regional CPS Director Camille Gilliam said.

Artists Team Up to Help MARE Find Forever Families

Potters Contribute Cups, Show Heart Gallery, in Benefit for Mass. Foster Kids

Opening November 7, 2014 in Greenfield, MA: exhibition and sale of handmade cups honoring the many children in the foster care system.Every potter invariably has a cup or mug that just hasn't sold. Much like these kids, its unique qualities have not been given their due. Potters across the nation have been invited to contribute such a cup to this exhibition to represent a child in the foster care system. Also included will be professional photographs and information about some of the children in foster care. A portion of the proceeds from each cup sale benefit the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (M.A.R.E.).

Missouri Heart Gallery Classic

!Colores! - the "Heart Gallery" changes lives by capturing the many faces of foster children waiting to be adopted.

The last third of this last week's !Colores! documentary details what magic can happen during a Heart Gallery photo shoot, how kids open up and connect with their photographer, why a Heart Gallery photo with a professional photographer is important, and how it makes a difference. Each of the photographs represents a great potential for a positive outcome!

Arkansas Church Hosts the Project Zero Heart GalleryArkansas Church Hosts the Project Zero Heart Gallery
On Display Sunday December 22Project Zero Heart Gallery Sunday, December 22 8 - 11 am, Welcome Centers Stop by to view the Heart Gallery featuring all of the wonderful children awaiting adoption. The Newton Good News SS Class will host the gallery. Please pray for the children to find a great home!
Pulaski Heights UMC - Monday, December 16, 2013
Iowa's foster care system children looking for forever homesIowa's foster care system children looking for forever homes
Children wait for an average of five years to be adoptedAccording to the Iowa Department of Human Services, as of August there were around 6,300 kids in the foster care system in Iowa, and over 600 Iowa children legally eligible for adoption.
The Gazette - Sunday, December 15, 2013
Michigan needs more foster familiesMichigan needs more foster families
Michigan needs more foster families. About 14,000 children across the state are in the foster care system at any time. Many foster with relatives, but many do not. There are challenges finding enough families to foster youngsters in need of safe, stable living arrangements. And there are particular challenges finding families to take "special needs" children - those with physical or emotional problems - and older children in their teen years. Some youngsters end up lodged in group home settings until placements can be found.
LSJ - Saturday, December 14, 2013
Davion Only Will Spend Christmas with His New FamilyDavion Only Will Spend Christmas with His New Family
Being Adopted After His Entire Childhood in Foster CareDavion Only, the 15-year-old Florida orphan whose courageous plea for adoption touched the hearts of millions around the globe will spend Christmas with a loving foster family, MailOnline can reveal.
Newsday - Thursday, December 12, 2013
Breakfast with Santa in Oxford, Maine December 14-15Breakfast with Santa in Oxford, Maine December 14-15
Benefits Heart Gallery"Breakfast with Santa" will be held at the Oxford Pizza Hut on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15, starting at 9 a.m. Join Santa and his elves, who will provide food, music and fun. Adults can eat for $6, and children 12 and under can eat for $4. Reservations are required; call Karen DuBois at 539-4217. Proceeds will benefit the Maine Heart Gallery, overseen by Second Best Ministries of Oxford. The Heart Gallery displays photos of children awaiting adoption in Maine, and many of these photos are shown in the 25 Pizza Huts across Maine.
The Sun Journal - Thursday, December 12, 2013
North Carolina County Seeks Foster HomesNorth Carolina County Seeks Foster Homes
Brunswick County Shortage Being Covered by Surrounding CountiesThe holiday season is a time for family, but what about the children in our area who don't have one?
WECT 6 News - Friday, December 6, 2013
Cmoma offers to help!Cmoma offers to help!
Childless Mothers Connect!Heart Gallery of America seeks volunteers for the galleries (and for itself) to help find permanent adoptive resources for foster children! (Many states galleries need adoptive parents, certified respite parents, foster parents, mentors, photographers, gallery volunteers, CASAs, and general publicity help). And Cmoma has offered to help! Thank you! Check out CMoma! (you can find volunteer opportunities here).
CMoma.org - Monday, December 9, 2013
Foster Focus Magazine Pitches into Search For FamiliesFoster Focus Magazine Pitches into Search For Families
Ohio Kids Who Are Available for AdoptionFoster Focus, the nation's only monthly news magazine devoted to foster care, joined the search for adoptive homes for a bunch of Ohio children. If you are interested in learning about Foster Care, the magazine is a good place to start!
Foster Focus Magazine - Monday, December 9, 2013
More Homes NeededMore Homes Needed
Over 80 children in Arkansas will be celebrating this holiday season with a new family. During the month of November, which is National Adoption Month, the Department of Human Services oversaw the adoption of 82 children. That brings the total number of adoptions this year to 693.
NE Arkansas Town Crier - Tuesday, December 4, 2013
Rhode Island Family Describes Adoption ExperienceRhode Island Family Describes Adoption Experience
9th Annual Heart Gallery UnveiledThe event marked the unveiling of the 9th annual Heart Gallery, an exhibit of portraits of children in need of permanent families, put together with the help of several Rhode Island small businesses and photographers.
The Valley Breeze - Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The South Carolina Heart Gallery Foundation Proves its Promotional Model WorksThe South Carolina Heart Gallery Foundation Proves its Promotional Model Works
Heart Gallery had a record year in finding forever homes for teenage children in foster careOver 50% of children who are legally available for adoption and go through the South Carolina Heart Gallery are matched with a family.
South Carolina Heart Gallery - Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Love Gives ChancesLove Gives Chances
Former Foster Child Spreads the Message About AdoptionA former foster girl from Texas has chosen not to be defined by her past but, instead, is defining her future by taking advantage of every chance she gets. Cassidy Mack is now making a name for herself after spending six tough years in foster care.
Buckner Family Foundation - Tuesday, November 3, 2013
Southern California Library Displays Heart GallerySouthern California Library Displays Heart Gallery
One Day Saturday December 7thCal State Fullerton's Pollak Library will feature a one-day showing of the Heart Gallery photo and audio exhibit, in an effort to encourage families to adopt or foster children who are wards of the state. The public is encouraged to view the free photo exhibit, featuring foster children from Orange and Los Angeles counties.
CSU Fullerton - Wednesday, December 4, 2013
No Unwanted Children. Only Unfound Families.No Unwanted Children. Only Unfound Families.
Photo Shoot Changes PerceptionsWe've all heard the foster care horror stories but rarely do we hear the success stories. The perception of most Americans is that children in foster care are juvenile delinquents with behavioral issues. Of course, I was no exception. I didn't know anything about adoption or foster care. Those were not subjects that were discussed around the dinner table. Two weeks after starting at Heart Gallery, I attended my first photo shoot and my entire perception of these children changed.
Heart Gallery Alabama - Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The Bright Side of Foster CareThe Bright Side of Foster Care
But - indeed - there is a silver lining to foster care that society has yet to hear much about: it is the work of organizations like the South Carolina Heart Gallery. Over 50% of children who go through the South Carolina Heart Gallery are matched with a family.
South Carolina Heart Gallery - Monday, December 2, 2013
Heart Galleries Bring HopeHeart Galleries Bring Hope
November is National Adoption month, and this year we are in the midst of one of the most promising times for the thousands of children searching for families in Florida and across the United States.
The Tampa Bay Times - Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Community Art Center in Floyd, Virginia Hosts Heart GalleryCommunity Art Center in Floyd, Virginia Hosts Heart Gallery
Reception December 14Downstairs, in partnership with the The Virginia One Church, One Child Program (which coordinates the Virginia Heart Gallery) Jax presents this traveling show, which has been seen by hundreds of people in venues across the Commonwealth since its inauguration in 2005.
Jacksonville Center for the Arts - Sunday, December 1, 2013
Arkansas Heart Gallery Located near State CapitolArkansas Heart Gallery Located near State Capitol
Another 500 Children Are Available for AdoptionMany of the children currently available for adoption were removed from their birth family or legal parent due to neglect, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. An adoption cannot take place unless the birth parent or legal parent's rights have been terminated by the court. The adoption process can take up to six months to complete. It includes a home study and background check. But what makes an adoption successful is a family that can make a commitment, deal with rejection, look at progress in small steps, and simply laugh.
State of Arkansas - Sunday, December 1, 2013
Heart Gallery Coming to Greenburg, New York LibraryHeart Gallery Coming to Greenburg, New York Library
Tuesday December 3 through Thursday December 5The gallery is a traveling photographic exhibit created to find "forever families" for children in foster care. The gallery opens at 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at the library at 300 Tarrytown Road in Elmsford. This is the ninth year that Westchester County, through the Department of Social Services, has participated in the nationwide effort. "Through the Heart Gallery, we are giving a face to these children in need," said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. "And by doing so, the goal is to help find them loving homes."
The Daily Voice - Friday, November 29, 2013
Victor's AdoptionVictor's Adoption
Ever seen the TV show Parenthood? It's about the trials and tribulations of the very large, very colorful Braverman family. During season four, Julia struggles over whether she and her husband, Joel, should finalize the adoption of 10-year-old Victor. He has been rowdy, disrespectful, and at odds with their biological child, Sydney—but they decide to take a leap of faith.
South Carolina Heart Gallery - Friday, November 29, 2013
Indiana Heart Gallery on Display at Because Kids Count Conference in IndianapolisIndiana Heart Gallery on Display at Because Kids Count Conference in Indianapolis
The Indiana Heart Gallery will display a dozen portraits during the Because Kids Count Conference at the Indiana Convention Center, 100 South Capitol Avenue in Indianapolis Dec. 3 - 4. Viewing times: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm; Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7:30 am to 3 pm.
State of Indiana - Monday, November 25, 2013
Colorado Heart Gallery on Display at Focus in the Family Welcome CenterColorado Heart Gallery on Display at Focus in the Family Welcome Center
November 8 to January 31, 2014The Colorado Heart Gallery will be set up in the Focus on the Family Welcome Center from November 8 - January 31! Stop by and see these precious children who need forever families. Focus in the Family's Welcome center is at 8685 Explorer Dr., Colorado Springs.
Facebook - Posted Here November 28, 2013
Worth 1000 WordsWorth 1000 Words
Project Zero’s online and traveling gallery of photos puts faces to Arkansas kids in need of adoptionProject Zero's new way to encourage adoption is an exhibition of 125 children’s portraits, each the photo of a child in need of a family. (Subscription required)
NWA Online - Wednesday, November 27, 2013
An Early Thanksgiving for Thousands of Children in Foster CareAn Early Thanksgiving for Thousands of Children in Foster Care
on National Adoption DayThanksgiving came early this year for many deserving children and families. Approximately 4,500 children in foster care were adopted by their forever families on Saturday during the 14th annual National Adoption Day celebration in nearly 400 cities across the United States.
The Digital Journal - Monday, November 25, 2013
We can all help foster childrenWe can all help foster children
On the Thanksgiving holiday, many of us will gather with friends and family to celebrate all the things for which we are grateful. But for children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted, that family bonding experience will be tough to come by - and gratitude for their station in life, tougher still. Too many of our children will not be adopted before they turn 18 and "age out" of the system. Their path is a sad one, as they go through life alone - not sharing holidays with parents, not having a father to guide them or a mother to hug and nurture them.
The Houston Chronicle - Saturday, November 23, 2013
Dozens of Florida Children Thankful for Family This ThanksgivingDozens of Florida Children Thankful for Family This Thanksgiving
This week, nine-year-old Ashlee will join her new family around the Thanksgiving table. She and more than 20 other kids were officially adopted Friday at the Manatee County Courthouse. November is National Adoption Awareness Month.
Public News Service - Monday, November 25, 2013
Happy ThanksgivingHappy Thanksgiving

Heart Gallery of America - Thursday, November 28, 2013
Connecticut Children Under DCF Care Celebrated in ArtConnecticut Children Under DCF Care Celebrated in Art
Display Includes Heart GalleryFor the rest of November and December, the upstairs corridor of the Shubert will have two displays celebrating children who are up for adoption or foster care, in the hopes that people out with their families will stop and think about opening their own homes and hearts to a child in need, said Jacqueline Ford, the social worker for DCF involved in recruiting families.
New Haven Register - Saturday, November 23, 2013
California Children Celebrate Finalization with New FamiliesCalifornia Children Celebrate Finalization with New Families
Adoption Record SetA record number of brothers and sisters - including children from Banning and Beaumont - will be among nearly 100 children who will celebrate their adoptions during the San Bernardino County Children and Family Services (CFS) Adoption Finalization The adoptions of the 22 sets of siblings marks the most sets of siblings adopted at the annual event. The event will also featured the CFS Heart Gallery. This year’s theme “Viva Las Familias,” describes what adoption is all about. Some of the families are adopting between two and five children from the same family.
The Record Gazette - Friday, November 22, 2013
Florida 14-Year-Old AdoptedFlorida 14-Year-Old Adopted
After A Decade in Foster CarePinellas County, Florida -- Hundreds of thousands of children are in the system waiting to be adopted, many of them right here in the Bay area. On Friday morning dozens were matched with new families, making their adoptions official.
WTSP-TV 10 - Friday, November 22, 2013
Third Canadian Heart Gallery Opened November 21Third Canadian Heart Gallery Opened November 21
The Adoption Council of Canada, in partnership with the Edmonton and Area Child and Family Services Authority (CFSA) and Syked Photography, is launching an innovative program, Heart Gallery Edmonton, to find homes for children and youth in foster care who need permanent families. See also the Canada Heart Gallery website: http://canadaheartgallery.ca/
Adoption Council of Canada - Thursday, November 21, 2013
Kids Looking For Parents This Holiday SeasonKids Looking For Parents This Holiday Season
at Texas A&M Garcia Arts Center through December 12CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) - There are 341 children legally ready for adoption in South Texas and November is National Adoption Awareness Month. So local community organizations have organized the Heart Gallery at the Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center, a photo gallery that features 30 of those children who are looking for forever homes. The children range from age 2-17 years old.
KIII TV - Thursday, November 21, 2013
See Heart Gallery NYC at Penn StationSee Heart Gallery NYC at Penn Station
November 18th to 25thSince 2007, Amtrak has partnered with us to raise awareness and recruit loving families for waiting children in foster care.
Heart Gallery NYC - Thursday, October 24, 2013
November is National Adoption MonthNovember is National Adoption Month
November 23rd Event in Lawrenceburg IndianaNovember is National Adoption Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the adoption of children and youth from foster care. Six county offices of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS), in collaboration with the Children's Bureau, have scheduled a special reception to celebrate local adoptive families and to provide information to prospective adoptive parents.
Eagle Country 93.3 - Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Heart Gallery of Sacramento Celebrates National Adoption MonthHeart Gallery of Sacramento Celebrates National Adoption Month
​In recognition of National Adoption Awareness Month, Sacramento County participated in two adoption events in November. The Heart Gallery of Sacramento hosted their annual Gala at the Citizen Hotel where their amazing volunteer photographers captured the spirit and personality of children living in foster care. The photos serve as a reminder that these children are not simply a statistical data point, but vulnerable children who just want someplace they can call home.
Sacramento News - Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Fostering and Adoption - West Virginia Heart GalleryFostering and Adoption - West Virginia Heart Gallery
West Virginia Celebrates National Adoption MonthNothing warms the heart nor has as significant an impact than a child's laughter and smiling face. Children truly are special blessings that make us all harken back to our youth and that special time of innocence when all was right with the world. Many youngsters in the Mountain State - and in the entire nation - do not have the stability and love that only a family can offer. More than 4,000 children are in West Virginia's foster care system, with more than 1,000 eligible for adoption.
Intermountain Express - Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Kids Looking For Parents This Holiday SeasonKids Looking For Parents This Holiday Season
at Texas A&M Garcia Arts Center through December 12CORPUS CHRISTI - The "Heart Gallery" features pictures of 30 children, ages 2-17, who are looking for a forever family. The gallery, hosted by Texas A&M University Corpus Christi at teh Garcia Arts Center, is just a reflection of the 341 kids who need a permanent home in South Texas.
KITV - Monday, November 18, 2013
Birmingham Public Library Exhibits Heart Gallery AlabamaBirmingham Public Library Exhibits Heart Gallery Alabama
Until November 27Heart Gallery Alabama (HGA) is a state wide non-profit agency whose mission is to help find forever families for Alabama's foster children. There are more than 300 children at any one time, who have no identified resource for a permanent home and family of their own...
Birmingham Public Library - Monday, November 18, 2013
Heart Gallery of West Virginia Makes a Stop in WheelingHeart Gallery of West Virginia Makes a Stop in Wheeling
Portraits of HopeIn celebration of National Adoption Month, officials of Mission West Virginia Inc. are bringing the traveling photography exhibit to Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, 680 National Road, from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. The display features portraits of West Virginia foster children who are eligible for adoption.
The Intelligencer - Sunday, November 17, 2013
Indiana Heart Gallery Visits All Parts of the StateIndiana Heart Gallery Visits All Parts of the State
Our goal is to keep the Heart Gallery moving until all of the children are adopted!
Indiana Department of Child Services - Saturday, November 16, 2013
Rivers Of Hope Foundation - San Diego Heart GalleryRivers Of Hope Foundation - San Diego Heart Gallery
The Rivers of Hope Foundation hosts the Heart Gallery online at PhilipRivers.com, where it has receives approximately 20,000 unique views per month. Rivers of Hope also has the photos of the children displayed on eye-catching banners, signs and kiosks. The Heart Gallery is one of the best tools for getting kids adopted, and it has proven to be 70 percent effective in matching foster children with adoptive families.
Rivers of Hope Foundation - Saturday, November 16, 2013
Rivers Of Hope Foundation - San Diego Heart GalleryRivers Of Hope Foundation - San Diego Heart Gallery
The Rivers of Hope Foundation hosts the Heart Gallery online at PhilipRivers.com, where it receives approximately 20,000 unique views per month. Rivers of Hope also has the photos of the children displayed on eye-catching banners, signs and kiosks. The Heart Gallery is one of the best tools for getting kids adopted, and it has proven to be 70 percent effective in matching foster children with adoptive families.
Rivers of Hope Foundation - Saturday, November 16, 2013
Heart Gallery of Northwest Texas Celebrates Adoption DayHeart Gallery of Northwest Texas Celebrates Adoption Day
Friday, November 22Free celebration in Midland Texas as adoptions are finalized.
Heart Gallery of Northwest Texas - Saturday, November 16, 2013
Make A Difference, Adopt A ChildMake A Difference, Adopt A Child
Virginia Adopts: Campaign for 1000November is National Adoption Awareness Month. In Virginia, foster care adoption has been a priority of Gov. Bob McDonnell's administration. In May, from the front steps of the Executive Mansion, McDonnell announced "Virginia Adopts: Campaign for 1,000." The goal of the initiative was simple -- to match 1,000 children in Virginia’s foster care system with permanent families.
Inside North Virginia - Friday, November 15, 2013
Family Adopts Boys on the TODAY showFamily Adopts Boys on the TODAY show
More than 100,000 American children are in foster care.Thanks to one family, two boys, 4, are now out of the system and in a permenant home. Our Katie Gibas spoke with the family who adopted twin boys in a spectacular way.
YNN.com - Saturday, November 16, 2013
See Heart Gallery NYC at Penn StationSee Heart Gallery NYC at Penn Station
November 18th to 25thSince 2007, Amtrak has partnered with us to raise awareness and recruit loving families for waiting children in foster care.
Heart Gallery NYC - Thursday, October 24, 2013
Heart Gallery of Broward Meets a NeedHeart Gallery of Broward Meets a Need
"As an attorney, seeing the system and how it works, it's heartbreaking to see these children in a courtroom rather than on a playground," he said. "Heart Gallery of Broward focuses on an area that no one else is addressing: Without a family, the system doesn't offer these children a lot of hope."
Sun Sentinel - Friday, November 15, 2013
Heart Gallery of South Texas Showcases PhotosHeart Gallery of South Texas Showcases Photos
at Texas A&M through December 12The exhibit, highlights children who are hard to place because of their age or because they are part of a sibling group. The community is invited to learn about the children through brief introspective biographies and portraits.
Texas A&M University - Friday, November 15, 2013
How Does A Heart Gallery Actually Work?How Does A Heart Gallery Actually Work?
What actually happens after a family inquires about adopting a child through the Heart Gallery? How does it work?
South Carolina Heart Gallery - Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Heart Gallery of Northwest Texas Celebrates Adoption Day, Week and MonthHeart Gallery of Northwest Texas Celebrates Adoption Day, Week and Month
There's a lot happening this month - this week! And I wanted to make sure that you are up to date. Here's what's happenin'.
Heart Gallery of Northwest Texas - Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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H.G. Central Florida

Launch of the Second Canadian Heart Gallery
Guelph and Wellington County, ON

NFL players donating souvenirs and autographing photos for children
Davie, FL

Today in America TV helps the Heart Gallery of Broward County
Fort Lautherdale, FL

Celebrity Photographers Donate Efforts for 'FREE'
New York City, NY

Missouri Heart Gallery on Display in Cape
Cape Girardeau, MO

Heart Gallery of Broward celebrated their 100 and 101st adoptions
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Rochester photographer gets national award
Rochester, NY

Father's Day Brunch Recruits Gay Dads to Foster and Adopt
Los Angeles, CA

Massachusetts has a new Heart Gallery
Visit their website

Heart Gallery of Northwest Texas has a new web site
heartgalleryoftexas.org

Broward Heart Gallery Celebrating Special Adopters
Broward Heart Gallery, FL

Heart Gallery displayed at the State Capitol
New Oklahoma City, OK

Heart Gallery Stops at Floyd County Library
New Albany, IN

Heart Gallery Stops at St. Vincent Randolph Hospital
Winchester, IN

Shepherd University Scarborough Library is featuring the Heart Gallery
Shepherdstown, WV

2nd anniversary of the 1st Canada's Heart Gallery
Ottawa

Heart Gallery displayed at South Carolina State house
Columbia, SC

Heart Gallery Stops at Cayuga Lions Club
Cayuga, IN

"Rivers of Hope" proud to host the Heart Gallery
San Diego, CA

Exhibition at Pine Grove Baptist Church
Lake Wylie, SC

Pulaski County Adoption Coalition becomes Project Zero !
Visit the new website

Adoption Exchange held its seventh annual Heart Gallery
Celebrated in Las Vegas

Aging out
of Foster Care:
Tough Times

Federal Tax Credit
for Adoptive Families

Adopting Orphaned
Haitian Children
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Click! Photography changes everything
The Smithsonian Institution
selects The Heart Gallery


" God Bless the Children "
song by
Wayne Warner

The US Children's Bureau
named the " Heart Gallery " as
a best practice in the field
of adoption.