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There are over 410,000 children in foster care in the United States.
Almost 100,000 need adoptive homes right now.
About 25,000 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 2015, for fiscal year 2014

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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
adoption is beautiful
In anticipation of the upcoming release of the new film STORKS, we are capturing and sharing stories about adoption. Join the conversation and share your story at @storksmovie #storksmovie or Storks, the Movie .
In theaters on Friday, September 23!

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Jordan's Furniture in Reading Massachusetts Hosts the Adoption Option

Have you ever thought about adoption from foster care? There are thousands of great children and youth right here in our area who are looking for loving, permanent homes. Now is your chance to find out more. On Sunday morning, October 2nd in the Reading store from 9 to 11 am, we are hosting the 2016 Adoption Option, in partnership with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE).

Heart Gallery at Kennedy Krieger Institute

The Heart Gallery, presented by Adoptions Together, features compelling portraits of local children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted. Included in these portraits are several children from Kennedy Krieger’s Therapeutic Foster Care Program. The Heart Gallery exhibition will be on display in the 1st and 2nd floor lobbies of the 801 North Broadway location from Saturday, October 2 through Friday, October 31. An opening reception will be held at the Institute Tuesday, October 4th, 6pm - 7:30pm. The event is free and refreshments will be served.You are invited to attend. Please RSVP by September 27.

Indiana Heart Gallery Opens at Skyzone in Fort Wayne

Have you thought about adopting through foster care or know someone who is interested? This event is for you! Join us for an evening of fun at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park! This will be a great opportunity for families and individuals to learn more about adoption through foster care in a fun, informal setting and also enjoy a FREE night at Sky Zone. Adoption staff will be on-hand to answer your questions about adoption through foster care. You will also be able to view the full Heart Gallery exhibit of children waiting for a family to call their own!

Sip and savor during 'Eat Your Heart Out' event

Food aficionados and wine enthusiasts are invited to the fourth annual Eat Your Heart Out culinary feast at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale benefiting the Heart Gallery of Broward County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the adoption and enrichment of Broward’s foster children. The event will feature live entertainment and a silent auction.

Nevada Heart Gallery Youth Reception & Celebration

Join the Adoption Exchange and Heart Gallery Las Vegas at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in Las Vegas. An evening of celebration and activities. Beginning at 5pm with a Youth Reception of family friendly activities for waiting children and a celebration of forever families while enjoying the professional photos from the past year. At 7pm the Celebration begins. All our VIP guests will have opportunity to view the Heart Gallery, taking a chance at surprise gift purchases (balloon pop), a limited live auction, live entertainment, and very short program all benefiting The Adoption Exchange. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is located at 3377 South Las Vegas Boulevard #2001 Las Vegas, NV 89109

Westchester County, New York Heart Gallery Opening and Exhibit, Greenburgh Library, Elmsford

In Westchester County, we have many children who need homes. Some of these children are older, have siblings they can't be separated from or have special needs, making them more difficult to place The Heart Gallery is a traveling showcase of portraits of children available for adoption. The point is to show each child as he or she really is—a wonderful child in need of a second chance. The Heart Gallery portraits will be on display Oct. 26, 27 and 28 at the Greenburgh Library located at 300 Tarrytown Rd., Elmsford. The Heart Gallery Reception will be held Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. All prospective foster and adoptive parents are most welcome to attend. Together we can make a difference in the life of a child in need of a "forever family" through adoption.

Monterey Jazz Festival Stars Launch a Benefit for Sacramento, California Heart Gallery

ated the best in the nation by the Monterey Jazz Festival earlier in April, the Sacramento State Jazz Vocal Group performed with the Monterey Jazz Festival last weekend. The group has a benefits concert on Oct. 28 for the Heart Gallery. It is free to attend, but donations are welcome. What: Benefits Concert - Donations accepted Who: Sacramento State Vocal Jazz Ensembles When: Friday, October 28, 7:00 pm - Capistrano Concert Hall, Sacramento State University

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Interview With Founder Matthew Straeb: “The measure of a society is how it treats its children.”

Approximately 100,000 kids are presently available for adoption this year through the foster care system. There are over 318 million people living in the United States today. Could you imagine what would happen to our nation overall, given 3180 people found it in their hearts to adopt every last one of these kids? The impact would be enormous as would be the smiles of all those children, who could finally hang their high-end photos on walls they call forever homes -- mementos of courage, hope, and a belief that they, too, deserve to be loved.

"We Dream Big"

Jose’s a great kid with a wonderful sense of humor. Jose’s witty and full of life, and brings a great amount of energy and fun to those around him. Selena is a sweet, compassionate young woman with a lot to offer the world. She can be a little shy at first, but don’t let that fool you! They’ll thrive in a supportive home that will nurture their interests, talents, and give them the stability they need to succeed. Click here to learn more.

Learn More about Janiya

Kind, compassionate, and incredibly intuitive, Janiya is a natural-born caregiver. She has a big heart, and the uncanny ability to know exactly how others are feeling and what they need. Janiya has overcome an incredible amount of self-doubt and difficulty in her young life, and she deserves a loving family that will celebrate and re-enforce her strength every day. Click here to learn more!

The Indiana Heart Gallery Visits Trine University in Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE — The Indiana Heart Gallery, a traveling exhibit featuring compelling portraits of children in need of adoptive families, will be on display at Trine University’s Fort Wayne Education Center beginning Monday, Sept. 26.

Heart Gallery Alabama: Kayla Longs to be Adopted

Kayla, born in February 2001, is an energetic girl who enjoys sports, playing with the Wii, swimming, and school. She is a clever girl who makes excellent grades and has a great sense of humor. Although she is a tomboy at times, Kayla likes to wear make-up and dress up in fashionable clothes and shoes. She also enjoys cooking and is always willing to help prepare meals. Kayla enjoys Christian music on her MP3 player and likes to go to church.

Inta and Knolly Still Need a Forever Family

Two sisters, ages 11 and nine, really cherish their time together. That's because the two girls have had to live apart for the past several years, but Inta and Knolly say they're not giving up hope that there's a forever family out there for them. Inta, who's only 11, has grown so much since 2013 when I first met her and her sister Knolly. The two were living apart in separate foster homes.

8 Ways You Can Support Kids in Foster Care - and Help End Human Trafficking

Parents: WE CAN CHANGE THIS. We are experts at providing love and support to children; it’s what we do! If we, as parents, insert ourselves into the lives of foster children to help meet their family and emotional needs, we can help stop them from entering human trafficking. We can make a mountainous difference and help put an end to a great evil in this world. There are dozens of ways to help foster children; however, I’ve listed seven specific ways you can help. But before even getting into that, let me share some advice I was given that changed the way I approached helping others:

Photographers Present Foster Kids in the 'Right Light'

In 2001, Diane Granito founded the Heart Gallery, a unique program that uses photography to help find homes for older foster children, sibling groups, and other children who are traditionally difficult to place with families. A prominent art gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, donated space where more than a thousand people came opening night. The photos on exhibit were the end result of the photographers' attempts to coax out the unique personalities in hundreds of children—a great contrast to the typical photos attached to a child's file. "They look like mug shots," said one of the photographers of the typical case photos.

Julianna

Julianna is an intelligent teenager who is described as a "girly girl" who loves fashion and clothes. She also enjoys music and movies, and prefers to be indoors rather than outdoors. Her favorite food is mango and her favorite restaurants are Sakura Japanese Steakhouse and McDonald's; yet she loves to cook authentic Columbian dishes when given the opportunity. She is bi-lingual and originally from Columbia. She is very proud of her culture and would want a family who values this about her. Julianna can be shy and reserved when trying something new or around new people; but would flourish in a forever family that is patient, consistent, understanding, and has realistic expectations.

A home of her own: Liberty, 11, dreams of family photo albums full of memories

Liberty is an amazing pre-teen girl with a very big heart. She has beautiful brown eyes and an expressive smile. Liberty has an amazing life story and has shown remarkable courage, progress and resilience. Like many tweens, Liberty is actively exploring her talents and interests. She is showing an aptitude in several areas of the arts. She loves to draw, sketch, design outfits, sing and dance. She loves animals, especially cats, dogs and horses. Liberty is very down to earth, but has recently enjoyed having a pedicure for the first time and had a lot of fun with that extra pampering. She listens to music, learns the lyrics very quickly and loves to sing. She is an avid reader and is proud of her skills in math. She loves swimming.

Finding forever homes for kids the ultimate goal

For many families interested in adopting or fostering a child, the process can seem long and somewhat daunting — but almost always worth it in the end. “Adoption is a permanent, lifelong commitment to a child,” the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services website reads. “In CPS cases, adoption becomes an option if CPS and the child’s birth parents cannot resolve issues that made it unsafe for the child to live at home. Then, CPS may ask the court to end the parents’ rights to the child and place the child with another family permanently.”

Mississippi Needs More Foster Parents!

“We have thousands of children in Mississippi and hundreds of foster parents,” Warren County Youth and County Court Judge Johnny Price said. Anyone who thinks they would be willing to house foster children is invited to attend a one-hour meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Warren County Courthouse Circuit Courtroom, 1009 Cherry St. During this meeting people can learn everything that is expected of a foster parent. “There is no obligation,” Price said. “Everything that they need to know about the requirements, the duties and the obligations is going to be explained.”

Eddie loves the outdoors and making people laugh

Eddie is a sweet, fun-loving, 12-year-old boy of Hispanic descent who loves to stay busy. He is friendly and kind. Eddie loves to try new things and has a sense of humor. In addition to making people laugh, he loves to play with Legos and read books. He is also a self-taught artist. Eddie thrives on individual attention and he loves to ask questions and share stories. Eddie describes himself as active and says that he loves the “wilderness, comic books, going on adventures, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon.” He also enjoys sports like baseball, wrestling, basketball, and gymnastics.

Dreama Needs a Forever Home

This week, we introduce you to meet Dreama. She is a sweet child who is full of personality. Dream loves to write poems and songs that draw out her emotions.

Connecticut Children Who Need a Forever Family

Learn About Nicole, Austin and Jonathan

Nicole, born January 2002, enjoys reading and listening to music. She likes school and makes good grades. Austin, born February 2003, enjoys playing baseball and football. His favorite subject is science. Jonathan was born August 2007. His favorite subject is reading because it’s fun. He enjoys playing soccer and likes to kick the ball and run.... click to learn more

Myth

Rent your house, apartment, or condo? No problem! You don't need to own your own house in order to make a home for a foster child.

LET IT BE US CELEBRATES 2ND ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GOLF OUTING WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKER RODNEY WALKER

Join us at Hawthorn Woods Country Club as we have a lot of fun together while raising money to support our mission – the adoption and education of children in Illinois foster care. This is a wonderful opportunity to golf on one of the most beautiful, private golf courses in Illinois. Guests will enjoy dinner, along with a program to include our Keynote Speaker: George Sheldon, Director of DCFS. There is also a silent auction that includes tickets from the broadway show Hamilton, sports tickets, exclusive trips and so much more.

Photos of foster youth and families to encourage adoption

Local foster youth who are waiting to be adopted and families who have adopted through the foster care system will have professional photos taken from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 18 at Children Awaiting Parents, 274 N. Goodman St., Suite D-103, Rochester. The photos will be taken as part of the Children Awaiting Parents 10th annual Heart Gallery Program and will allow children to connect with potential adoptive families. The photos will be used in CAP’s Heart Gallery exhibits during November to celebrate National Adoption Month. CAP’s Heart Gallery Luncheon will take place Nov. 4 at Rochester’s Staybridge Suites

Heart Gallery Alabama Features Children Needing Forever Homes: Meet Jerrell

There are a number of children in Alabama's Foster Care System in need of a forever home. Heart Gallery Alabama is a nonprofit organization dedicated to families for those children. Each week WSFA 12 News will feature one of those children. This week, we introduce you to meet Jerrell. Jerrell prefers to play outside and likes to ride his scooter. He would like to be a puppy because they make great pets and get lots of hugs.

Heart Gallery Documentary: We are the Dunnes!

This amazing video documentary shown at Tropicana Field for the Heart Gallery's annual "Celebrate me Home" fundraising event. We produced this in partnership with the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco, Tina Tenret and editor Kenny Heidt, as well as other volunteers and board members. It was an amazing honor to meet this family and help tell their story. Category

The Power of 100 Teams up, Donates to North Dakota Heart Gallery

Power of 100 picked its next recipient of donations at its July meeting. The group chose the North Dakota Heart Gallery, which was incorporated as a nonprofit organization by an all-volunteer board of directors in 2006, and is entirely funded by donations. The group believes every child deserves a chance for a family to call their own. Its mission is to reach out to the public and encourage the adoption of children waiting for forever homes.

Adopting Foster Kids

Thousands of children are in foster care across Illinois and there are probably thousands of people looking to adopt. The Barrington non-profit "Let It Be Us" works to help bring those two groups together so that children can find permanent homes and loving families. To talk about the organization's work, what it's like being a foster parent and the adoption process are Susan McConnell, the founder of "Let It Be Us," and Bob Noonan, a foster parent.

Hanna, 15, wants to be part of a family

Hanna is a young lady looking for a forever family. She is eager to be adopted, according to Holly Kieu, recruiter for the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition. “Hanna said, ‘I want to have fun and be part of a family!”’ “Hanna is a respectful and affectionate 15 year old. As a people person, she gets along well with others and makes friends easily. Hanna is described as an intelligent child who listens to her teachers, enjoys school, and receives good grades. With a love for animals, Hanna enjoys playing with dogs and cats. She also enjoys playing outside, coloring, and watching her favorite television shows.”

Life after foster care a lasting challenge: Those who "age out" are at higher risk for hardships.

With the support of her foster parents, this College Possible student graduated from Park Center High School and completed a semester at North Hennepin Community College. Suarez is beating the educational odds for foster youth. Only 50 percent of foster kids finish high school before age 18, according to a 2014 fact sheet from the National Working Group on Foster Care and Education. Just 20 percent of foster kids who graduate from high school attend college, according to the fact sheet. And less than 10 percent of former foster kids attain a bachelor’s degree.

Indiana Heart Gallery features portraits of children in need of adoptive families

The Indiana Heart Gallery is stopping in Indianapolis. The gallery is a traveling exhibit featuring portraits of children in need of adoptive families. It will be featured at the Indiana Interchurch Center, from today through October 28. The Indiana Department of Child Services uses the Heart Gallery’s portraits to remind families that adoption can change lives. The gallery opened Friday, September 2, and is free of charge.

The Indiana Heart Gallery Visits the Davies County YMCA in Washington, Indiana

The Indiana Heart Gallery, a traveling exhibit featuring compelling portraits of children in need of adoptive families, has stopped in Washington. The Gallery will be featured at the Daviess County YMCA, 405 N.E. Third St., now through Sept. 9. The Indiana Department of Child Services uses the Heart Gallery’s remarkable professional portraits and stories about foster children in Indiana to help put a face on a sometimes invisible need and remind families that adoption can change lives. There is no charge to see the gallery. “On average we are actively recruiting adoptive homes for 120 to 150 youth statewide,” said Sandra Caesar, DCS’ adoption program manager. “Every child needs a family they can call their own. We need families that are not only willing to love our children, but are also prepared to commit to them, claim them as their own and hang in there through their ups and downs.”

4950 Days in Foster Care

Last Friday, we had the pleasure of attending an adoption finalization for an almost 18-year-old who had been in foster care since he was 4.

Heart Gallery Photographer Shares: Wanted - A Forever Family

I didn’t realize there are SO many children in need of a permanent home. The SC Heart Gallery website shows pages of images of children without a mom, or dad that will be there for them unconditionally. That is sad. I can’t image my kids growing up in that situation, and I’m heartbroken that the ones I met today are in that situation. I’m thankful I was able to use my talent to help those in need. They smiled for the camera today. I hope one day soon they will smile because they are part of a forever family.

William, age 11, is easygoing and has a fantastic smile, needs a home of his own

Will, as he likes to be called, is a funny, sweet and friendly boy. He has brown eyes nestled behind framed glasses, brown hair and a fantastic smile! Will is very easygoing with both kids and adults. He loves animals and would do well with one of his own. He gets easily excited, but he does not like a lot of noise or crowded areas. Will loves video games! He is fanatical with anything directly related to "Minecraft" and "Super Mario Bros". He also enjoys singing along to music, playing mini-golf and riding his bike. Will has some contact with members of his birth family and would benefit from continuing these connections. The family for Will should be able to establish healthy and effective support systems for their entire family. He needs to be a part of a family that is predictable and accepting.

Find Out From Reina in New Mexico

Reina is a self-confident, strong and positive young lady. She enjoys riding her bike, cooking, and shopping. She also enjoys enhancing her interests by going to the zoo, museums, and other cultural venues. Reina has a great love for music and wants to learn to play piano, drums, or another musical instrument.

Just published for North Texas Region 3

Click here to find out about the just published schedule for North Texas -- or for that matter -- any area of Texas. Select your county from the second link above. There are Heart Galleries all over Texas.


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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