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There are over 400,000 children in foster care in the United States.
Over 101,000 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 2014, for fiscal year 2013

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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 120 Heart Galleries across the United States designed to increase the number of adoptive families for children needing homes in our community.

Now, in its thirteenth 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

Video courtesy of Children’s Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay
Events
North American Council on Adoptable Children Conference, Long Beach California

If you have been touched by adoption, you will benefit from attending this conference! This educational event covers almost every adoption-related topic imaginable—with more than 90 sessions designed to meet the diverse needs and levels of experience of parents, professionals, and adopted persons

Indiana Heart Gallery Visits the Hoguest Festival

Gear up and get ready for our first annual HogustFest on August 1, 2015. HogustFest is celebrating the 2 years of business for our Pig Adventure. Bring your family out for some summer fun including: Our HAWG Show (motorcycles), A Hog Roast, Harley the Hog (mechanical boar), Inflatable Playground, Great food and live music! ADMISSION IS FREE!!!

Indiana Heart Gallery Travels to Hesston Steam Museum

The Indiana Heart Gallery will be on display at the Hesston Steam Museum's 104th Anniversary of the Steam Light Plant, near the Michigan boarder in Hesston Indiana.

Crown Point-Northern Indiana Event Specifics

Three times a year, the Indiana Heart Gallery hosts events at fun family-friendly locations where individuals interested in learning more about foster-adoption can both view the Heart Gallery exhibit and get more info about foster-adoption. This is one of those events. Reservations will be required and we will post that information and more details as it becomes available. At Deep River Water Park 856 N. 600 E., Fair Oaks, IN

Articles
The One Thing You Should Say to an Adoptive Family

I've written many articles on what not to say to families like mine, families where it's glaringly apparent that the children were adopted. We've had so many negative, rude encounters -- really too many to count. The strangers rarely see themselves as rude. They deem their questions appropriate in the name of curiosity, or sometimes even connection

Florida city councilwoman adopts teen

A St. Petersburg area teen has gotten her wish, after spending years in the foster system. From now on, 18-year-old Mariah Boyd will go by Elena Nicole Foster. "I can think of no worthier task than being your mother forever and for always and no matter what,” Foster said. It wasn’t an easy path at first. Elena admits being guarded when Foster first took her in back in March. Foster helped Elena get her grades up at school and was by her side at Elena’s high school graduation in May.

Angels Among Us: Care For Alaska's Children

Alaska need more angels to foster it's children so they will have the opportunity to have the wonderful experience of family life.

More Foster Homes Needed In Northwest Florida

Although there are 211 additional foster homes available, statewide, there’s been a 15% increase in the number of kids needing foster care over the past two years.

Area children are in ‘dire need’ of foster homes

n St. Mary’s, Charles and Calvert counties, there is an extreme shortage of resource families to act as foster parents. The low number of resource families in these counties places a strain on the handful that currently exist. Simultaneously, the shortage is leaving children and youth in dire need of homes that provide for their emotional, social, physical and developmental needs.

Heart Gallery of Pinellas & Pasco Welcomes a New Executive Director

Hello! My name is Jen Nance and I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve joined the team as the new Executive Director of the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco. I’m passionate about our mission and will work hard to help increase the number of successful adoptions of local children in foster care. I bring with me close to 20 years of experience working with many non-profits. We moved to the Tampa Bay region last fall from Seattle and are enjoying every moment of our new adventure. I can be reached at jnance@heartgallerykids.org and would love to your hear your ideas and concerns for the Heart Gallery, and how you can best be involved in the near future.

When Adoption is Needed

Of the over 560,000 children placed in foster care in 2010, it is estimated that 107,000 of these foster children became eligible for adoption. Sadly, only around 53,000 of these children were adopted during that year, with over half of these children being adopted by foster parents, with the rest being adopted by family members, and a small percentage being adopted by non relatives. Nearly 60% of children in foster care in America wait 2 or more years before being adopted. Recently, child welfare agencies have found that foster parents are the ideal people to adopt a foster child.

Alabama kids, Jason and Alex, Need A Forever Home

Jason loves to draw and make things for his siblings. He is very attached to his four other siblings and will need to continue to have a close relationship with them. He is a very sweet child and is eager to please. He is very quiet and at times will withdraw and stay in the background to not be noticed. However, he really does enjoy attention. He will need someone to be patient with him. Alex is the second oldest in this sibling group. Alex loves to draw and is a very good artist. He loves to play games on his Nintendo DS. He is a very sweet child, he is very eager to please and has a pleasant and funny personality. Alex enjoys outdoors and going on special outings. He desires to be the center of attention and will fight to get your attention. He also has a very close relationship with his siblings.

Utah's Heart Gallery Displayed On a Shiny New Web Site

Utah’s Adoption Connection envisions a world in which all children are valued and grow up in safe and permanent families, and where families are supported in their critical roles.

HEART GALLERY NYC CELEBRATES 2ND ANNUAL PRIDE EXHIBIT

In what turned out to be a historic LGBT Pride Month with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage, looking back on Heart Gallery NYC’s 2nd annual PRIDE Exhibit evokes extra goosebumps of inspiration. On June 1, beautiful portraits of 36 foster children, including 12 LGBT youth, were unveiled in the New Victory Theater in Times Square for a special launch and press event.

Indiana Heart Gallery 2015 Exhibit Schedule

LAGRANGE — The Indiana Heart Gallery, a traveling exhibit featuring compelling portraits of children in need of adoptive families, is stopping in LaGrange. The Gallery will be featured at the LaGrange Library, 203 W. Spring St., July 25 to Aug. 5. The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) uses the Heart Gallery’s 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.

Let It Be Us Heart Gallery Preview

One of your most worthy assignments. All volunteer. Huge payback. Work is confidential and extremely important. The Let It Be Us Heart Gallery is being built – an on line gallery of children available for adoption – and we need to add beautiful images of these beautiful children. All ages, stages and ethnicities, Illinois is home to over 3,300 children who are legally available for adoption. You can’t ignore a statistic like this. If you put a child in a Heart Gallery she has a 50% chance of being adopted. Otherwise her chance is 5%. Will you answer the call?

It is a Myth That Adoptions Take Forever

Finalization day is the ultimate celebration when it comes to foster-adoption. Adopting from the foster care system can be a lesson in patience. Adoptive families are often frustrated that it takes the legal system time to catch up with the bond that was sealed long ago in their hearts. Foster-adoptions take patience, but it’s a myth that they take forever.

South Carolina Heart Gallery Publishes More Than A Dozen New Videos

These videos display children who are available for adoption from the South Carolina Heart Gallery. For further information, please contact info@scheartgallery.org .

Michigan's 2015 Heart Gallery Tours The Upper Peninsula

The exhibit features photos of 140 of the children in the foster care system – children who are hoping to find a family to adopt them. 63 photographers donated their time to this Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) project. U.P. KIDS, a private non-profit agency providing foster care, adoption, and post-adoption services across the Upper Peninsula, has borrowed the exhibit and the first stop will be Marquette’s Blueberry Festival on July 31. tops include indoor sites at the Luce/West Mackinac County Fair from August 7-9 and the Chippewa County Fair from September 1-7.

2015 Missouri Heart Gallery

There are more than 1,200 Missouri kids looking for a home. Meet a few children who are currently in foster care, hoping to find their forever families. For more information visit MOHeartGallery.org .

Miller-Tangeman Lower Lobby To Host Heart Gallery Exhibit

The Miller-Tangeman Lower Lobby at the Commons in Columbus, Indiana will host the Heart Gallery Exhibit July 17-31!

Stop by the Scott County, Indiana Fair, See the Indiana Heart Gallery

The Indiana Heart Gallery, a traveling exhibit featuring compelling portraits of children in need of adoptive families, is stopping in Scottsburg. The Gallery will be featured at Scottsburg county Fair, starting a day after the fair opens, July 13 - 17. The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) 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.

More than 300 kids in Georgia Need Forever Families

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services is looking for adoptive families for over 300 children in its care. A large number of those kids are right here in Augusta. The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services said they currently have 168 kids in foster care just in Richmond County. 46 of those are on the adoptive track.

The Indiana Heart Gallery Visits the Duneland Family YMCA

The Indiana Heart Gallery, a traveling exhibit featuring portraits of children needing adoptive families, is stopping in Chesterton. The free gallery will be featured July 11 - 25 at the Duneland YMCA, 215 Roosevelt St. The Indiana Department of Childrens Services uses the galleries portraits and stories about foster children to help put a face on a sometimes invisible need.

Houston Kids

A few of the 1200 foster children in the Houston, Texas area got a moment of fame. These kids, waiting to find their forever family, had their pictures taken at a Houston photo studio. Their pictures will appear soon in one of the Texas Heart Galleries.

Heart Gallery of Texas - Caldwell Family Adoption

Adoptive Parents Cliff and Lauren Caldwell added a newborn and another child to their family. One adoption was private, the other one through CPS. They discuss there experience with Sam Crumrine of the Heart Gallery of Texas.

The Adoption Exchange Updates Their Website, Adds Heart Gallery page

The Heart Galleries of Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah (some of which have won awards) are now conveniently linked from the Heart Gallery page (beneath the Meet the Children link). The Adoption Exchange is a Colorado non-profit which manages these Heart Galleries and supports the adoption-related activities of these states and others.

A Florida Judge Finalizes the Adoptions of 18 Children -- Heart Gallery Celebrates

"Today is Disney World for me," said Yvette DuBose, the Heart Gallery's executive director. DuBose said 114 children ages 5 to 17 are on the agency's list of adoption hopefuls. All the children the agency helps are available for adoption after their parents lost parental rights. "They are orphans through no fault of their own," she said.

Maine Foster Care asking for Prayer

The Maine Heart Gallery consists of photos of children in the foster care system who are awaiting adoptive families. These children have been removed from their birth families due to abuse or neglect. Most of the children are age 10 or older. Boys outnumber girls by a 2:1 ratio or more.

Florida Community Rallies for Foster Parents

"Foster parents make the best recruiters because they have stories and experiences to share that no one else can tell," said Christina Kaiser, community relations director for Devereux CBC. A total of 12 recipients were recognized this year, the first time the awards were given.

Heart Gallery LA on display at the Diamond Bar Library

Heart Gallery LA invites you to meet some of LA’s children who are waiting to find their permanent family. Through no fault of their own, these kids are unable to return to their families of origin; they now live in the county’s foster care system.

Louisiana Pastor Helps Heart Gallery Raise Awareness of Need For Adoption

As promised, the Revs. Waylon Bailey, of First Baptist Church Covington, and Ken Schroeder, of Mandeville’s First Baptist Church, rappelled 300 feet down the side of the Capitol One high-rise in Baton Rouge on June 19, after helping Crossroads NOLA raise more than $67,000 on Give NOLA Day.

See photos of children seeking forever homes

More than 1400 children in Missouri live in foster care and are unable to return to their biological parents. You can see these children featured in the traveling Missouri Heart Gallery exhibition.

Five Great Ways to Get Involved With Foster Care

There are dozens of volunteer (and sometimes paid) opportunities in nearly every Heart Gallery in the country. Although not everybody wants to be an adoptive parent, most people can mentor, foster, provide photographs, help spread the word, and just help out. These are opportunities to make a difference in young person's life. Click the Heart Galleries tab to the left, locate the Heart Gallery nearest you, and sign up to change the world.... one child at a time.

Making a Mark: Fargo Attorney says Everyone Is Capable of Making Change

The founder of the North Dakota Heart Gallery, Michelle Kommer says there is nothing extraordinary about her. She believes anyone is capable of making a difference.

Heart Gallery: Mid-Tennessee Boy Finds a Forever Home

FOX 17 introduced viewers to Scott, a charismatic young boy looking for his forever home. Now, Scott has found a family which loves him. After spending years in the system, Scott was adopted and now plans on going to college and creating his own video game company.

Foster Learning

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed the Alabama’s Fostering Hope Scholarship Act this week This, contingent on funding, gives foster children in Alabama the opportunity to earn a scholarship for tuition at any Alabama public two-year or four-year college. They can also elect to use the scholarship for required fees for state-provided job training courses or skill certification.

Every Person Deserves a Home': Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski Lead Star-Studded Fundraiser for Older Foster Kids

Numerous stars came to support You Gotta Believe, a non-profit organization, on Monday night for the "Voices for the Voiceless: Stars for Foster Kids" event in New York City. The organization helps find permanent families for young adults, teens and pre-teens in foster care.

North Carolina School System Staff Raise Money For Foster Care Suitcases

Administrative employees of Polk County Schools recently raised more than $500 to purchase 21 suitcases for Polk foster children.

Foster Parent, Family Activities For July

List of July 2015 Foster Family Events and Activities For the South Carolina Heart Gallery!

Connecticut Heart Gallery 2015 Exhibit Locations

The Connecticut Heart Gallery can be seen at many locations all over the state. Click for a hyperlinked list!


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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