|"All Children Deserve a Family"|
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?
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 sixteenth 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)
The Indiana Heart Gallery is a traveling photo exhibit featuring compelling portraits of children in need of adoptive families. It is on display in the the Henry County Courthouse. The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) created the gallery in 2007 to share the beautiful professional portraits along with stories about children in foster care in Indiana. This initiative helps put a face on a sometimes invisible need and reminds families that adoption changes lives.
On Friday, the Terre Haute Children's Museum will celebrate National Adoption Month by hosting an Adoption Celebration with the Indiana Adoption Program, a photographic exhibit from the Indiana Heart Gallery and special activities presented by the Indiana Foster and Adoptive Parents Resources and Advocacy Group. November is National Adoption Month, and at 4 p.m. on Friday, representatives and supporters of the Indiana Adoption Program will celebrate with a proclamation from Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett. Adoptive families and foster families will receive free admission to the museum from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, but registration is required and must be done in advance online at thcm17.eventbrite.com.
This November we are working with The Heart Gallery of Sarasota to collect monetary donations as well as new and gently used luggage for foster care youth in our community. Donations will be accepted throughout the month. This effort will culminate on Nov. 29 from 6 - 7 pm in the Campus Center when we will gather in the Campus Center to bless the bags and to prayerfully fill them with necessities and comfort items.
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Thursday, there was a free event that featured some of those children who are looking for a home. The Indiana Heart Gallery is a traveling photo exhibit. It was at the "Memorial HealthWorks! Kids' Museum" on Jefferson Boulevard in South Bend from 5-7 p.m. Thursday evening. There were raffles, a photo booth, hands-on activities and information available about foster care and adoption.
All were welcome to celebrate National Adoption Month with us at the state house on Thursday, November 16 from 5-7:30pm. We honored several community members, organizations and DCYF social workers for outstanding efforts in the world of Adoption - and unveiled the 13th Annual Heart Gallery! To RSVP, call us at 401-865-6000 or email email@example.com. We at Adoption RI are thankful for all of the amazing kids we work with, the families, pre and post adoption, with whom we have the privilege of being involved, adoption professionals, legislators, advocates and supporters who help us help children and families find 'A Better Place' as a result of adoption. We enjoyed this video that showed a sampling the 'better place' that children, youth and families can enjoy with the help of a loving family. Help us spread the word that adoption from foster care is a mutually beneficial way to build a family and create positive futures for so many...
At Community Based Care of Central Florida, there is one thing above all others that drives our decisions and our actions: the best interests of the children in our care. It is this "every child, every day" philosophy that establishes the standard for service excellence to which we aspire. POSITION OBJECTIVE: The intern will receive direct supervision from the Communications Manager while assisting with company-wide social media and communications initiatives. The position provides a flexible schedule provided the intern commit to 12 hours per week. LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Gain understanding and direct experience with developing content and managing strategies focused on promoting adoption of currently available children and youth in foster care.
A group of area photographers say they're filled with encouragement when their portraits of foster children help land those kids a "forever home." The portraits they shoot of children who are wards of the state are put on display around Lubbock and surrounding communities in hopes someone will see the picture, read the story and inquire about the child.
You're probably wondering if a problem so large is really SOLVABLE. We've been there, too. But we're happy to tell you that with two proven models and a first-of-its-kind solution, the answer is YES. Regardless of your occupation, skillset, and life stage, you have the unique ability and opportunity to impact the lives of children in foster care. Our state has well over 5,200 children who are in the foster care system through no fault of their own. Of these children, on any given day over 850 are legally free for adoption and are waiting for their forever family. The rest of the children need a loving, safe, and supportive foster family to care for them while they wait to go home to their biological families.
The Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) is working hard during National Adoption Month to match children and youth up with forever families. MARE is doing outreach projects like the Heart Gallery traveling exhibit, and meet and greets. To learn about youth available for adoption, or to learn how you can start the adoption process, click here.
A resolution expressing support for the goals of National Adoption Day and National Adoption Month by promoting national awareness of adoption and the children awaiting families, celebrating children and families involved in adoption, and encouraging the people of the United States to secure safety, permanency, and well-being for all children.
Let It Be Us held an adoptive and foster parent recruitment event on Saturday, November 11 in Joliet, Illinois. The audience focused their attention on a panel of 4 agencies, each presenting their programs and parenting opportunities. The panel was joined by keynote speaker and adoptive mother, Konnie Ford, who is in the process of adopting her 3rd child from foster care. The program was moderated by Bob Noonan, Let It Be Us board member and adoptive father. Noonan shared his personal journey through foster care and adoption and stressed that the large and energetic crowd "posed a lot of great questions that led to some incredible open dialogue about foster care and adoption through foster care."
Project Zero has teamed up with The CALL of Baxter County to bring the Heart Gallery to Mountain Home, in an effort to spread awareness on the number of Arkansas children needing to be adopted. People will notice the Heart Gallery, as they step foot into the Donald W. Reynolds Library lobby. The Heart Gallery showcases 90 photos of Arkansas children ages 5 to 17, who are waiting to be adopted. But that's just a small portion of children needing a parent. In general, Arkansas has 600 children in need of adoption, according to Tenille Rauls, coordinator for The CALL of Baxter County. Twin Lakes Area residents have free access to the gallery Monday through Sunday during the operating hours of the library. Call the library at 508-0987 for hours of operation.
One in five adults have considered adoption. Of those, 72 percent have considered adopting through foster care more than a private infant adoption or international adoption. If roughly 47 million Americans have considered adoption from foster care, why are there still 110,000 children nationwide in the system waiting to be adopted? There is a disconnect — but thankfully there are organizations working to bridge the gap between adults who are considering adoption and kids in foster care who long for a forever family. This past week, I attended the North Dakota Heart Gallery Gala and Carnival at the Fargodome. The North Dakota Heart Gallery is a non-profit, privately funded organization that enlists professional photographers to capture portraits of foster children that showcase their sparkle and personalities. I felt a tug to attend the gala after I learned about it on Facebook.
It took more than an hour for adoption specialists to put photos of children, many of them siblings, in frames. But the time spent cleaning the frames of dust and the occasional bug was well worth it once the specialists saw their work come together. Thursday evening during The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services' 13th Annual Heart Gallery of South Texas Opening. The gallery at Corpus Christi Christian Fellowship Church was designed to promote adoption. Case workers also hope the gallery will answer questions people have about the adoption process.
More than 5,000 abused or neglected Texas children were adopted from state care last year, but the need has not diminished for families willing to provide safe, loving homes. Every day, more children enter foster care in Texas, according to a DFPS news release. As of September, more than 3,900 children and teens in state care were legally free for adoption. "No child should grow up in foster care or feeling unwanted," DFPS Commissioner Hank Whitman, said in the release.
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, the portraits on display Wednesday night at the state Capitol could fill volumes. The Heart Gallery, put on now for 13 years by the Adoption Exchange, featured portraits from 41 children awaiting adoption in Utah. Twenty professional photographers from around the state donated their time to capture the kids' unique qualities and talents. "These are beautiful kids who deserve what we all have, and that's a family, and they don't have one," Searle said. "They look like kids who could belong in your family. When you see these photos, you can picture yourself with, 'Well, she looks like my aunt, or she looks like my sister.'
Most people are surprised to hear that there are more than 300 children in the state of Alabama who are ready and waiting to be matched with families for adoption with very little monetary cost involved. These children may sometimes fear they will be forgotten. After years in the foster care system, they may wonder if they will ever have a forever family. They are not being forgotten, thanks to organizations like Heart Gallery Alabama and Children's Aid Society of Alabama. It is their goal to promote possible placements through photography exhibits that feature the children and by providing support for existing placements. Heart Gallery Alabama’s motto is "There are no unwanted children, only unfound families."
November is National Adoption Month. In honor of the month, we will be bringing attention to the thousands of people in foster care awaiting forever homes, as well as those who provide and advocate for them. These stories emphasize the idea that families are bound together by the love they share, rather than their biological roots.
In Illinois, obtaining a foster care license is the first step in becoming a foster parent or an adoptive parent. This map is designed to allow you to find foster care licensing agencies close to your home. This map was designed by Let It Be Us to make this process easier. (If you are a licensing agency and are not listed on this map, please contact us and let us know.)
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.
For additional information on becoming a resource family, please give us a call at 1-877-533-KIDS (5437). We want to help you determine if becoming a resource parent is right for you and your family; therefore, you will be invited to attend a Resource Family Approval Program Information Orientation. Applicants are to bring their completed application packet and verification of completed RFA Orientation to the Crocker Building, 2135 Fresno Street, Suite #101, (559) 600-2396, in the reception area.
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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