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There are over 425,000 children in foster care in the United States.
Over 100,000 need adoptive homes right now.
About 20,000 age out of foster care every year, at age 18 without anyone, to live on their own, unprepared and unsupported.

Can you change the life of a waiting child?
Can you adopt? Can you foster? Or maybe you can start a Heart Gallery or volunteer for one?

Source: AFCARS 2016
for fiscal year 2015
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What is the Heart Gallery?

The Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic and audio exhibit created to find forever families for children in foster care. The Heart Gallery of America is a collaborative project of over 80 Heart Galleries across the United States designed to increase the number of adoptive families for children needing homes in our community.

Now, in its fifteenth year, the Heart Gallery model is being replicated in many communities across the country. Although many of our children were removed from abusive and neglectful situations, they still have hope. They love to laugh, to learn, and to be with their friends. Most of all, they dream of finding a forever family to be their own.

Photos That Change People's Lives (click below for video)

Video courtesy of Children's Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay

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Become a Therapeutic Foster Parent in Tulsa Oklahoma

Learn more about becoming a Therapeutic Foster Parent! Oklahoma's kids need YOU today! Learn more by contacting Bair's #Tulsa office: Elizabeth Williams at 918-298-5059

State agency leading backpack drive for foster children as part of exhibit at Kentucky State Fair

Visitors to the 2017 Kentucky State Fair can help children in foster care by donating a new duffle bag or backpack at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) exhibit.

In Florida's Sarasota, Manatee, or Desoto counties? Learn more about foster parenting...

Curious about foster parenting? This 1 hour information meeting will introduce you to the program and answer your questions. If you decide to foster, you will be just in time to join our next round of classes which begin on Saturday, Aug. 29th

Forever Young run Aug. 26 in Atkinson will aid foster care

Proceeds from the fourth annual Jordan Rahn Forever Young Run, Planned Aug. 26 in memory of their son, will be to be used to benefit local children in foster care, including Foster Hope which they founded.

Lompoc Cares event to educate, generate awareness for county-wide foster care and adoption services

Pathway Family Services, Our County. Our Kids. team up to host two informational events for prospective resource families.

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Football standout wants shot at finding adoptive family

He's a standout on the football field but this week's "Forever Families" child really wants a shot at finding an adoptive family. "Do you want to be an NFL player?" we asked Kimeon, "Yes!" he replied. You'll want to remember his name because 10-year-old Kimeon could be the next star athlete.

Texas Adoption Agency Gives Heart-to-Heart Insight into Adoption

Nearly 29,000 children are in foster care in the state of Texas, according to adoptuskids.org. Pathways Youth and Family Services is a licensed child placing agency that is committed to trying to decrease that number. Catherine Earley is the North Texas Regional Director for Pathways. She said the first thing is understanding how trauma affects behavior. "Trauma-informed care is really an approach to teaching families about how to work with children who have been through difficult situations," Earley said. Children coming from hard places are going to have some behaviors or some fears like as anybody would.

Giving children a chance

On July 10th, excitement swirled at the Florida International University’s Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. Twelve youngsters were there for two reasons; one being to enjoy the exhibits at the new museum but more importantly, they were there to have their hopes and dreams captures on video. What did they hope and dream about? A stable and loving family to call their own. The twelve children were being featured in videos for The Children’s Trust Miami Heart Gallery. T

Lawyers looking out for Clark County foster kids

“We believe that children are the most important people in a child welfare case and that they deserve to have an attorney to protect and advance their interests, to help them understand the judicial process and feel empowered,” she said. “The government has a lawyer, the person accused of abuse has a lawyer, but the kid didn’t have a lawyer before we started this program. We’ve changed that.”

Four Castaways Make a Family

By adopting from foster care, I became the mother I had needed and rewrote my own story. I got to have a childhood all over again, the right one, filled with cuddles and perseverance, safety and love. If there is such a thing as a cycle of abuse, I broke it over the wheel of my own desire.

27 South Carolina families adopt children

Nine Horry County families are feeling whole today after their pending adoption cases were finalized as part of South Carolina’s “Adoption Day.” Chief Justice Donald Beatty scheduled special terms of court in an effort to finalize 27 adoption cases. The remaining 18 cases were heard in Sumter County.

An extra helping hand for foster care children with extra-special needs

Both DCFS and Welcome House have received funding and grant money to implement programs to assist both young adults with IDD who are victims of violent crime and LGBTQ youth in the foster care program, as well as their caregivers.

Florida's Safe Children Coalition Adds Information for Foster Parents

LA Churches Mobilize Covenants for Kids

Below are steps to start a Covenants for Kids (C4K) Driving Program in your area to drive children who are living in foster care to church. Because C4K requires minimal commitment, this entry level program is a great way to learn more about foster care and adoption.

Annual telethon raising funds to help Utah kids in foster care

KSL is hosting its annual Wednesday’s Child telethon to help Utah kids in foster care find a permanent home.

Armani is a smart, respectful, fun, and friendly young man who needs a forever family

Armani, born May 2000, is current high schooler who enjoys many different activities. These include athletic sports such as basketball and football. In his leisure, he enjoys going to the park, playing video games, singing and listening to music. His ideal day would include meeting his favorite football players,

Muslim kids lost in Michigan foster care system for lack of Muslim homes

Because of the lack of Muslim foster families, Muslim children in the system often end up in non-Muslim homes.

Couple fosters 13 children left by addicted parents

Of the 15 foster children Cyndi and Jesse have taken in over the last decade, 13 were there because one or both of their birth parents struggled with drug addiction.

Daniel Hopes for a Forever Family

There are many children in Alabama who want nothing more than a loving home. They are in the foster care system. We've partnered with Heart Gallery Alabama to share their stories in hopes of finding them a forever family. Daniel is one of those children. He's 8 years old. He loves to play with Legos and board games. We are told Daniel can be very helpful around the house and loves praise.

Amazing family of 9 adopted children explain how they do it!

Las Vegas, NV - Adopting a child takes resources, planning, and lots of love. So imagine the challenge one local family is experiencing with their adoptive family of nine!...plus two natural children! Dave Courvoisier reveals the secret to their adoption success. In this household, everybody's a star on stage at one time or another. We asked for this family shot so everyone could tell us their name and age... But in the end I had to have 'em write it down for me anyway. Most of them were local foster children, but one comes from Ethiopia, and another from the Caribbean. If you ask dad he'll give you the complete rundown.

Tri-County children often leave county for foster care

The overwhelming majority of children in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist County who enter foster care have to leave the Tri-County area.

Matching Michigan teens with forever families at MARE meet and greets

MARE sponsors regular events called Meet & Greets, where individuals who have been approved to adopt come and meet youth who are available for adoption. The kids and families spend a fun day together eating pizza, playing games, and getting to know about each other firsthand.

Information sessions held for families interested in foster care

The next session in Lafayette will take place on Aug. 28.

EMOTIONAL REUNION SHOWS IMPORTANCE OF FOSTER PARENTS

Jessie says he hasn’t seen his foster mom Melinda McGuire in over 20 years. Today, he saw her when people in Richmond are celebrating the importance of foster families.

Police and nonprofit host "Go Blue" cookout

An event in Luzerne County aimed to break down barriers between police and children in the foster care system. Pennsylvania State Police out of Hazleton teamed up with the nonprofit organization, "Brandon's Forever Home" to host the "Go Blue" cookout in Drums Saturday.

13 Kids, 2 Dads

Like many parents, Clint and Bryan (who live in a four-bedroom house in suburban Farmington, Michigan) traded in some of the freedom afforded by childless living for the boundless joy of parenting. What sets their family apart is scale: the couple’s family has grown to 10 adopted children and three foster kids.

Setting up foster kids for success

I authored AB 1006 because I believe every child should be given the opportunity to succeed. My bill will improve foster youth placement programs that are proven to help families and children adjust through the toughest times.

Colorado Heart Gallery Visits Commerce City

Close to 300 children in Colorado are waiting to be adopted, many of whom are featured in the Colorado Heart Gallery, according to Colorado human services statistics. The gallery was displayed recently at a fundraiser and foster care fair hosted by Foster Source in the 99000 block of Richfield Street in Commerce City. The traveling exhibit features pictures of Colorado children who are waiting to be adopted.

Boy with cerebral palsy adopted after brother insisted they stay together

A Florida couple looking to adopt a son instead adopted two when they decided to keep the 8-year-old with his 11-year-old brother, who has cerebral palsy.

With thousands of kids waiting for their forever homes, fewer people adopting in Florida

Thousands of Northeast Florida kids are looking for their forever homes even as adoption rates continue to slip.

New attitudes toward adoption from foster care offer hope

According to the survey, nearly 80 percent of individuals looking to adopt for the first time would consider adopting a child in foster care, a 7 percent increase since 2012.

Backpacks donated for foster care

It is the goal of the CMFCAA to reduce the traumatic event and provide each foster child with something they can consider their own, in this case a backpack with needed items. The program is to support, protect and nurture the children.

State-Funded Private School Vouchers Expand to Foster Children in Oklahoma

Foster children will soon be able to receive state funds to attend private school.

Missouri foster families rejoice after Gov. Greitens restores funding

“Governor Greitens has sent a letter to all of us individually telling us it will be reinstated but we haven't heard when it will be reinstated,” said Heather Saak with Foster Adopt Connect in Kansas City.

CASA Works With Toy Industry to Donate Toys for 300 Chicago Area Foster Kids

More than 300 Chicago-area children living in foster care received brand-new toys and enjoyed a fun afternoon of play today at a special "Play Your Part – Chicago" event hosted by the Toy Industry Foundation and the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National CASA). Held at Guaranteed Rate Field, the memorable day was made possible thanks to generous toy industry volunteers, donors, and sponsors from more than two dozen local toy companies.

Foster kids get surprise of a lifetime during a trip to Disney's Magic Kingdom

An April visit to Disney's Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., changed the lives of Janielle, 12, and Elijah, 10, forever. The siblings, living with foster parents Tom and Courtney Gilmour at the time, learned during the trip that they were being adopted.

Reformed Tennessee foster-care program emerges from federal oversight

One lawsuit, 16 years and hundreds of millions of dollars later, Tennessee's once-troubled foster care program for thousands of children has finally emerged from a federal court's oversight.

Bracha Graber, Who Spurred Changes in New York Foster Care, Dies at 68

Bracha Graber, whose whistle-blowing over widespread fraud in New York City’s foster care bureaucracy in the 1990s was a catalyst for an overhaul of its practices, died on July 5 in Los Angeles. She was 68.

Informational Meetings in Montgomery County, MI

If you have questions about adoption or foster care, Montgomery County Children Services holds a monthly informational meeting at the Haines Children's Center, 3304 N. Main St. Dayton.


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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