|"All Children Deserve a Family"|
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
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|
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.
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.
Administrative employees of Polk County Schools recently raised more than $500 to purchase 21 suitcases for Polk foster children.
He's a seven-year-old boy, who's celebrating a birthday next week. And the best gift he could receive is a forever family. Derrick, an easy-going, outgoing young boy who loves to hike and camp. Derrick impressed me with his politeness, allowing me to putt first during our playdate at Boomers San Diego. Derrick is in second grade and seemed so at ease playing mini golf. Derrick navigated the course like a pro, conquering all obstacles in his way, just like he's done throughout his young life.
Heart Gallery NYC, an innovative initiative that harnesses the power of photography to help connect young people 24 and younger who lack permanent homes with “forever families,” hosted its second Pride event on June 1 at the New Victory Theater in Times Square. Heart Gallery NYC founder Laurie Sherman Graff. | MICHAEL SHIREY Heart Gallery NYC founder Laurie Sherman Graff. | MICHAEL SHIREY The event showcases photographs of a dozen LGBTQ youth taken by volunteer celebrity photographers, including Antoine Verglas, Deborah Feingold, and Heidi Gutman.
On Thursday, June 25th at 11am, Robin Selvig will unveil the latest Heart Gallery at Southgate mall. The gallery will feature six children who are in need of permanent foster and adoptive homes in Western Montana. This is the second Heart Gallery unveiling in the past year for Youth Homes, who is coordinating this project in collaboration with Partnership for Children and the Child and Family Services Division of the State of Montana. They hope that the gallery will raise awareness of the wonderful children who need homes in and around Missoula, and increase their chances of finding loving, permanent families. This is a promising opportunity for children like thirteen year-old Terry, who is an artistic honor roll student with a respectful and gentle demeanor, who deeply desires to be part of a loving family.
More than 300 gathered at a recent celebration for Children in need in an expanded space of the Cover 3 downtown restaurant, which was open exclusively for this event!
The first-ever Brooklyn Gay Pride Festival drew more than 100 people despite a downpour. The event took place on 11th St. between Kent and Wythe Avenue last Saturday.
An online photography exhibit of Children in need of forever homes, called a "Heart Gallery" is necessary in order for these children to find permanent homes. Without one, there is only a 5% chance of finding a forever home. But when exhibited, that percentage raises to 50%! A grant has been received to build such a tool. The new "Heart Gallery" will be up for viewing soon! And this special work will be provided with the help of professional photographers and videographers.
Just a toddler when he was placed into the Foster Care System, Antonio, now 12, still awaits a forever family. He's been in foster care for a decade and would like to know the wonderful feeling of having a forever home.
This year 14-year-old Shannon Hawkins received something she has always wanted...just in time for Fathers Day. A new Dad! And Mike Hawkins is the lucky guy who stepped up and granted her wish!
Florida was the last state to remove restrictions on adoptions by same-sex couples. And they did just that, in time for Father's Day for 15-year-old Jarrett, a teen with Fragile-X Syndrome, who was just adopted by two dads!
Foster youth Advocate, Mary Lee talks about the six things everyone should know about kids growing up in Foster Care.
Vickie Lovett with Pretty Pictures volunteers her photography skills to photograph children waiting to be placed in forever homes. A black an white copy of these photographs along with a description of the child is then circulated state-wide in hopes that a family will want to adopt the child.
8-year-old Thalia and her brother, 12-year-old Blaze are two very sweet kids waiting to find a forever family.
PORT ST. LUCIE — With a month left to go, Devereux CBC has met its adoption goal for the fiscal year. As of May 22, 120 children from Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast have been placed in adoptive homes. The goal was 120.
Eleven Manatee County Starbucks stores have partnered with the Sarasota YMCA-Safe Children Coalition and The Heart Gallery to display adoption albums which feature 16 children, including sibling groups, that are currently in foster care that are awaiting a forever family. The adoption albums will be displayed in the lounge area of each Starbucks. "Open This Book to Change A Life!" is the cover. At 11 a.m. June 11, the albums were delivered to the Starbucks at 5783 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Check out the Heart Gallery of the Permian Basin! (Interested? Use facebook to get in touch... their email seems a little bit flakey, but it'll be worked out)
Even though he is only four years old, Brailin is very activity oriented and loves to play and therefore would make a great addition to a family without children or no more than two children. He prefers patience, structure and supervision from a forever family.
Gov. Susana Martinez gave a personal boost Thursday to the New Mexico Heart Gallery initiative, which aids in the adoption and placement of foster children. She helped unveil the 30th and newest digital Heart Gallery featuring foster youngsters available for adoption during a visit to Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. The number or Heart Galleries throughout the state has doubled from 15 to 30 in the past year.
The Park Place Infiniti will pitch in to help find forever families for local children seeking adoption. The Adoption Exchange "Heart Gallery" will be on display at its newly expanded showroom this summer.
Marque, born September 2001, loves to play basketball, football, and video games. He is both an Alabama and a Philadelphia Eagles fan. He would like to play football for these teams when he grows up. Marque's favorite food is pizza. He would like a family that will allow him to have contact with his twin sister who has been adopted.
To learn more about fostering, adopting, or mentoring New York City youth who are currently in foster care, call Heart Gallery New York City at (212)-965-8699 .
There are displays in Greenville, Powdersville, Simpsonville, East Pickens, Pickens, Clinton, Laurens, Columbia, Irmo, Charleston, Summerville, Beaufort, and Myrtle Beach Click here to find out more about children who are waiting for a permanent adoptive family in South Carolina. There is also an online Heart Gallery.
Christian Family Adoptions, which started Heart Gallery of Hope more than a year ago, has expanded the gallery to include a web presence, a photography program, and more listings. Heart Gallery of Hope partners with the other two heart galleries in Oregon to provide professional quality photos of children who are available for adoption. Heart Gallery of Hope focuses on the Portland, Oregon area.
A San Diego, California 10-year-old boy, with a passion for soccer, would love a family to cheer him on at his games. His eight-year-old sister loves to read, swim and play at the park. All they're missing is a family to call their own. Jacob and Lyann have been living apart, far too long, as they wait to find a forever home.
Her life had been mostly stark, and so her story would be too. Just a series of 61 index cards, held up one after another, to tell the unadorned tale of a child in search of a family to love. Mariah Boyd steadied the camera, turned on some inspirational music, and began recording her version of a 21st century life. "Hello, the first card read", "I would like to tell you a story." By the seventh card, you already know Mariah was removed from her parents' home for the first time at age 2. By card No. 15, her eyes flutter and her pace slows. "Seeing your mom snort pills up her nose …"
Today, Governor Scott announced the unveiling of the Florida Association of Heart Galleries exhibit featuring photographs that highlight children in foster care who desire to be part of a permanent, adoptive family. Since 2010, over 12,500 children have been adopted from Florida’s foster care system and have found their “forever family.”
A child doesn’t need someone who is perfect. He needs someone who is willing. Someone willing to hang in there for as long as it takes for him to realize that he’s worth loving. He needs someone who is willing to grieve with him for what he’s lost. He needs someone who will be totally honest with him so that he will learn to trust again. He needs someone willing to see that they needed him too, someone to take the journey with him.
Shyann, born January 2000 is outgoing and joyful. Her ideal birthday party would be at a skating rink. She loves to sing and be in the choir at church. She likes basketball and animals. She is very talkative and enjoys the company of others. She enjoys playing with her friends and going bowling. Her idea of a perfect family includes a family that would get you anything that you NEED. She would like a home with a mom and siblings. Shyann would like to have a mom and dad if possible but must have a mom. Shyann loves animals and would love to have a pet. Shyann would like to have periodic visitation with her biological father if possible.
The Tampa Bay Rays host adoption match events at Tropicana Field throughout the season, like the ones that matched the family shown. There are still more than 3000 children waiting to be adopted in Pinellas and Pasco counties...
There are currently over 16,000 children in the Arizona foster care system. The Children’s Heart Gallery features children in the system currently available for adoption. In this post, we show James, who is waiting for his forever family. James would like a family who is active, takes him to church and might even let him have a pet! He enjoys outdoor sports, especially going to the park and playing football or basketball.
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is once again proud to host the Connecticut Department of Children and Families “Heart Gallery” photography display during the months of May and June 2015 in the first floor main hallway corridor.
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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