|"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|
Attend this orientation if you are interested in an introduction and ways to become involved in caring for the children in our state that need temporary homes. Not called to take children in your home? Come find out other ways to be involved in meeting the needs of children and their families in foster care. This orientation is an introduction to the foster care system and crisis in our state, basic information on how to start the process to become licensed and also hear from a panel of former and current foster/adoptive parents.
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.
“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.
Foster children will soon be able to receive state funds to attend private school.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Florida International University’s Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum hosted a photo shoot on Sunday for 12 children who are all ready for adoption. The Children’s Trust Miami Heart Gallery proudly played a key role.
Around 100 bikers left House of Harley Davidson in Spenard to the Mat-Su Valley to raise money to help foster children on Saturday. As part of the 19th annual Live Ride event, proceeds will go to Beacon Hill, a community foster care and adoption center.
As part of the spending plan sent to Gov. Eric Greitens, by lawmakers, foster care reimbursement rates were reduced by 1.5 percent as part of a reduction in Medicaid spending.
A Florida couple are keeping seven brothers and sisters together who have been divided by four different foster homes.
Connecting Hearts has been working with VDSS to open a Heart Gallery in Central Virginia. Over 800 kids in Virginia are waiting to find a forever family. There are many places in which you can see photos, videos, and hear their stories. Click on the links below to see our children.
As a rabbi, combating racial injustice is part of my work. As a parent, my foster children’s future fears have become mine.
Children and families caught in Washington’s beleaguered child welfare system have significant good news to celebrate this week as the state, with millions of extra dollars just appropriated by legislators, launches a major restructuring of the system.
Omari, who is currently eligible for adoption, is one of dozens children who are set to have their photos on display as part of the Children’s Trust Miami Heart Gallery. The photos are part of a digital showcase that shows children and shares their hopes of finding a family.
Forsyth County has the lowest total of children in foster care among the state’s eight urban counties. However, the local count has been rising in pace with a statewide trend linked to increased opioid addiction among parents, according to lawmakers and county Department of Social Services directors.
Pamela and Kevin, married for 29 years, have been foster parents for the past five and a half years and have taken a total of 18 children at various times into their home. One stayed for just a week, while another remained in their care for five years.
An adoption like Carson’s is rare. The young man is the first adult in foster care to be adopted this year in Fresno County. Statewide, only 15 of 12,025 adults in foster care were adopted last year in California, says Tricia Gonzalez, deputy director of child welfare for Fresno County’s Department of Social Services.
Pictures of children in need of adoption are on display at the roving Indiana Heart Gallery at the Albanese Confectionery through July 17.
Gov. Eric Greitens signed the Foster Care Bill of Rights into Missouri law, aiming to improve the quality of life for foster care children.
In the less than $300,000 category, finalists were Heart Gallery Alabama, Hatching Hope, Hope for Autumn Foundation, The Phoenix Club of Birmingham and SUKI Foundation. The overall winner was Heart Gallery.
St. Jude’s puts on these events and a summer camp to maintain or help build bonds between siblings who’ve gone through the trauma of a broken family. You might not think an afternoon of splashing around makes a difference, but relationships can fall apart because of lost contact, even escalate to permanent estrangement, according to the 2013 Child Welfare Information Gateway report on sibling issues that arise in foster care and adoption.
The American foster care system is in a state of crisis, strained by a massive influx of children since 2011 fueled by the opioid epidemic and general drug abuse.
Faculty and staff members can be reimbursed up to $6,000 of adoption costs and take up to four weeks of paid parental leave for both biological and adoptive parents. Baylor is one of only two universities in Texas that offers paid parental leave to both faculty and staff.
An East Carolina University researcher is compiling and analyzing data as part of a national project to improve outcomes for children in foster care
From birth until age 8, Erianna was moved 12 times to different foster homes. It wasn’t until she met her adoptive parents that she finally had the stability she deserved.
The reports of foster parent burnouts are frequent. This is understandable, given that fostering has a number of stressful challenges, ranging from traumatized children, frequent changes in caseworkers, limited support, the nearly constant threat of losing children, and more. But it doesn’t need to end there. To maintain the stamina for long-term foster parenting, it’s imperative that foster parents invest in their own emotional and physical health.
“A lot of the focus on this law has been on the denial of services to LGBT adults wanting to adopt,” said Chuck Smith, CEO of the nonprofit advocacy group Equality Texas. “But the greater harm is in what might happen to youths who are in care if they happen to be placed in a situation where they are denied access to something they are legally entitled to.”
Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday signed a bill creating a task force to examine the Kansas foster care system. The number of children in the Kansas foster care system has set records in recent years, passing 7,100 in April. The death of an abused boy in Kansas City, Kansas, also raised concerns about whether the system was protecting children.
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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