|"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 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|
The Heart Gallery Visits Anne Arundel County Library in Annapolis, Maryland, during the month of February.
The Heart Gallery of Iowa will be on display at two Ottumwa locations this month. The gallery is a traveling photography exhibit of Iowa children who are waiting to be adopted from foster care. Volunteer photographers donate their time to create portraits that bring out the personalities of these children, which increase the chances of children finding an adoptive home. The Heart Gallery of Iowa will be displayed at the Ottumwa Public Library from Feb. 15-22, then it will move to the Ottumwa YMCA from Feb. 22 to March 1. For more information, contact Marissa Daily at 515-271-7347 or email@example.com.
The department said the Indiana Heart Gallery will be at the Fostering Hope for Children Chili Cook-off Saturday at Heartland Church. The Indiana Heart Gallery is a traveling photo exhibit featuring compelling portraits of children in need of adoptive families.The goal of the gallery is to increase awareness of the department's foster youth available for adoption and to encourage the community to learn more about the adoption process. Come enjoy all the chili you can eat and check out the Indiana Heart Gallery! Fostering Hope for Children is hosting their 2nd Chili Cookoff fundraiser at Heartland Church and we'd love to see you there!
Project Zero hosts Heart Gallery photo shoots all the time. Sometimes it is a single child or sibling group in a remote part of the state and other times, like Saturday, it balloons to 25 individual kids or groups! I cannot thank our professional photographers enough for the beauty, creativity and personality they bring to our waiting kids. A huge thank you to photographer Tracy Van Dover who single-handedly knocked out these very important photos on Saturday and edited them in record time! It's one thing to hear a statistic about waiting kids, it's an entirely different thing to look into their faces. Statistics are staggering, but photos are compelling. Join us in praying that these photos aren't in the Heart Gallery long.
This section also will highlight stories and videos of Tennessee children who are legally free for adoption. As of Feb. 1, there were 358 children in Tennessee waiting for forever homes.
If you reside in Palm Beach County, our adoption information orientations begin promptly at 6:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. The orientations are held at Children’s Home Society of Florida located at 3333 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33406. No confirmation of attendance is necessary. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Heart Gallery Tampa Bay's "Be Mine 2017: All You Need is Love" - A family's adoption of its third child highlighted The Children's Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay's annual event, which raised funds to increase awareness of foster children awaiting adoptive, forever families. Steve Mace, 11, joined the Mace family, which includes parents, Chris and Brian Mace, Kota Mace, 17, and Erica Mace, 20, at the sold-out Feb. 9 event at Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club. The Heart Gallery "is such a great cause. They have been with us through it all and we jumped at the opportunity to do this," said Brian Mace who is in the Army and stationed at MacDill AFB. With the theme "Be Mine 2017: All You Need is Love," about 500 guests -- many dressed in bell bottoms, tie-dyed styles, psychedelic patterned shirts, flowing skirts and flowers in the hair -- were greeted with daisies They bid on silent auction items including jewelry, theme park tickets and sports items and grazed on fruit, sliders and slices of marinated flank steak. A program including testimonies from adoptive parents and children still waiting to find their forever families as well as the adoption concluded the evening.
BILLINGS - Currently, more than 600 children are in child protective services from areas in the region. More than 100 are available for adoption right now. On Tuesday, the ninth annual Heart Gallery of Yellowstone County highlighting five children available for adoption was unveiled. Located in the Rimrock Mall, the gallery has featured 56 children with photos taken by Clark Marten since the gallery opened in 2009. Steven, LouAnn, Lydia, Kurtis, and Isaiah are ready for forever homes with family who will love them. "They still have a sense of humor, they're fun to be around," said Diana Tolstedt, Lutheran Social Services of Montana and child permanency advocate. "It's hard to trust when you've had multiple placements but all of them have hope, they have hope. It takes us to really convince them there are families out there for them."
For some children, family is a foreign concept but one Alabama Organization is hoping to change that, one child at a time. Heart Gallery Alabama partners with local DHR offices and travels to different locations throughout our state spreading awareness and educating the public on the foster care system while creating a more compelling way to help find these children homes. "What use to happen before Heart Gallery came into existence is case workers would go out and take a polaroid picture of their child and we found that when you use professional photography and videography it captures the essence of the child and makes them more appealing to families," explained Joycelyn Haywood, the Marketing and Communications Manager for Heart Gallery Alabama.
Clare Chesnavage and her husband Rich have seen the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to the foster care system. Although Chesnavage said she and Rich have faced challenges, the system has ultimately been rewarding. Chesnavage and Rich began fostering with the intent to adopt about three years ago. She said the West Virginia system requires potential parents to foster children before adoption, thus Chesnavage ended up being a foster parent through the National Youth Advocate Program.
Sunday’s Child is a weekly column featuring a child currently in foster care awaiting adoption. Jordan is an 11-year-old boy of Barbadian and Caucasian descent. Jordan enjoys being active! Jordan’s favorite sport is basketball, which can be a strong way to bond and build a relationship with him.
Kenny is a sweet and energetic ten-year-old boy who loves to play tetherball at school and video games at home. He is very active, loves to play outside, and absolutely loves sports – whether attending sporting events or being a proud member of his soccer team. Kenny also enjoys outdoor activities, including riding dirt bikes, camping, swimming, and hiking. Kenny has made enormous improvements in school and continues to respond well to all who help him grow into a responsible young man.
Love is in the air this time of year. And as Valentine’s Day approaches, a lot of people are searching for the perfect way to show that special someone how they feel about them. Of course, chocolate has become synonymous with Valentine’s Day. On this week's Cityscape, we’ll be delving into the history of chocolate, as well as visiting a chocolate shop in Lower Manhattan that had us at first bite. It's called Stick With Me Sweets. We're also exploring other "matters of the heart." More specifically -- Heart Gallery NYC.
Arianna, born March 2005 is a very intelligent child who likes to be in control. Her favorite color is green. She is a loving child once she feels safe and comfortable with someone. She likes to read and play.
Justin is a cheerful Hispanic eleven-year-old boy who always has a bright smile on his face! Justin is legally freed for adoption, and due to his needs, his social worker is looking for a dedicated two-parent family. He enjoys being around other children and benefits from supervision.
This young man has big dreams and will definitely accomplish them. He needs a family to help guide him into adulthood and help him soar. Tylor would be a great asset to a family. He is intelligent and longs to be loved and supported through adulthood.
Melissa, born November 1997 is a very sweet girl that cares tremendously about others, especially her siblings. Judy, born September 2000 is a sweet girl. Barrish, born August 2004 is a sweet child who has an inquisitive nature and loves to learn new things and go on trips. Marcus, born October 2008 is a very lovable and sweet child. He enjoys playing with toys and puzzles, but especially trucks and cars.
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SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) - A free adoption fair took place in the Upstate to provide helpful resources and encourage families to consider foster care and adoption. The SC Bar Young Lawyers Division hosted the free adoption fair at Upstate Church in Simpsonville located at 679 Harrison Bridge Road. Attorneys, agencies and other vendors in children's services were be on hand to answer questions about adoption. One-on-one consultations were also available.
Three months ago, Loretta and Darin Sherwood took in a tiny baby girl. She would be their 20th foster child in the span of six years. Some of those 20 would only stay a couple weeks while issues in their personal lives were resolved. Others, they stayed a bit longer. Four, the Sherwoods adopted. One can never predict the outcome, Loretta Sherwood said. It’s different for each little life. But there is always one constant: The taxing of time and resources for the Sherwoods and other foster parents like them. Relief is often needed, but difficult to find as the state has a shortage of certified respite caregivers to step in.
SOME see them as 'cattle markets for kids', others as a quick way to help desperate children find loving parents. Despite the controversy 'adoption parties' are now to be rolled out across Scotland to help find families for children in care deemed too difficult to place. Some are scared, some need support and others need time to adjust. But they all need love - that's not a word that we shy away from – they need someone to listen to them and who they can trust. For some we need to work very hard to explain why they are not able to be with their families. Others have a sense of relief and of security after their previous experiences. We are not trying to replace people's birth families. But we want children to experience a sense of family life that can give them the opportunities and experiences they might not have had before.
Thousands of children across Alabama are looking for a sense of belonging, a place to call home. They are in Alabama's foster care system. Each week, we bring you the story of a child hoping to connect them with a loving family. This week, meet India. She enjoys arts & crafts, gymnastics, and reading. India does well in school and she loves anything, Hello Kitty.
Kelsey is 16 and her two sisters have already been adopted, so...
A stylist to help you choose a new outfit, hair and makeup done by professionals, followed by a photo shoot and a video interview. That’s perhaps a normal day for a celebrity, but it was a special event for 25 children in Miami-Dade's foster-care system who briefly received the celebrity treatment. The youngsters' photographs will be displayed online at The Children’s Trust Miami Heart Gallery, a multimedia exhibit that since 2009 has showcased Miami-Dade foster children. "We decided to put the gallery online so parents who are looking to adopt can learn a little bit about the child and see if they might be a good fit," said Emily Cardenas, communications director of The Children’s Trust. "Having the gallery online also opens up and can connect adoptive parents and kids from across the country."
MEDFORD, Ore. - Oregon Department of Human Services is teaming up with a new statewide initiative to recruit more foster families, which is called Every Child. It's a community mobilization effort to encourage community members to support vulnerable children and families. DHS says there are nearly 8,000 Oregon children in foster care. Shawna Robley with the Jackson County Foster Parent Association says there are not enough homes for all of them.
There are lots of agencies, including Heart Gallery of America, that list children who are waiting for a family. These lists are primarily intended for parents who have completed their home study and are looking for a child to adopt. In all cases, the child's primary social worker has given the listing agency permission to list the child as available for adoption. In almost all cases, you will be given a form or find instructions on how to reach that primary social worker. In most cases, the child has been determined by the courts to be legally free to be adopted, although the listing details vary in some states. If you find any legal listing of children not in our list, please let us know. You can reach me at email@example.com .
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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