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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

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.

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Events

Foster/Adoption Conference...A Heart Gallery Event

Foster/Adoption Conference - A Heart Gallery Event

Foster Adoption Conference - A Heart Gallery Event

Foster/Adoption Conference - A Heart Gallery Event, March 28

First Baptist Greenville Schedule

Announcement - Heart Gallery Event: Highland Terrace Baptist Church, Greenville Texas 9am - 1pm[Mid page]

FAMILIES NEEDED in Hunt, Rockwall & Adjacent Co's Foster/Adoption Conference...a Heart Gallery Event Sat. March 28, 9am - 1pm Highland Terrace Baptist Church 3939 Joe Ramsey Blvd E, Greenville, TX

Share Your Heart LA

Share Your Heart Long Beach (California)!

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Website: Welcome and Answers to General Questions

Share Your Heart LA Comes to Long Beach! Learn, in person about what you can do to help. Share Your Heart, Share Your Home! Learn about becoming a foster or adoptive parent or weekend host.

Northwest Arkansas Project Zero Heart Gallery Premiere and Fundraiser

Project Zero's Heart Gallery Premiere

Northwest Arkansas Project Zero Heart Gallery Premiere and Fundraiser

Project Zero Northwest Arkansas Kick-Off

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On April 10, Project Zero will be premiering a brand new heart gallery that will travel around Northwest Arkansas! At the premiere, we will be fundraising to ensure waiting children have their picture represented in the gallery and that our organization can continue to support all waiting children in their pursuit to find their forever family. We have the privilege of hosting the first lady of Arkansas, Susan Hutchinson, as our guest speaker and 19 Kids and Counting's Amy Duggar as our musical guest. We would love for you to join us this night in loving on our states waiting children!

Foster Care and Adoption Training in Idaho

Idaho Resident? Learn How to Foster or Adopt in Idaho Falls the Fri & Sat April 10-11 and 24-25

Interested in learning more about Foster Care and Adoption? This training is one of the leading three curriculums in the US to prepare you for this life-changing experience. This 27-hour course of pre-service training is for those interested in becoming a family resource for a child or sibling group. Many of the prospective parents who enter this course are already working through a private adoption agency or may be thinking of becoming foster parents. All are welcome! Registration fee is $140/couple or $120/individual. The entire PRIDE curriculum is taught over the course of two weekends. Plan on lunch on your own both weekends.

Celebrate Me Home 2015

Pinellas-Pasco Heart Gallery, Florida. Presents a Fundraiser: Celebrate Me Home 2015

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Since this Heart Gallery chapter was created in 2006 we have helped to create more than 220 forever families. The Heart Gallery includes three key initiatives:

  • A traveling exhibit, which can also be viewed on our website, of professional portraits and personal biographies of children waiting to be adopted. Services donated by local Tampa Bay area photographers make this possible.
  • Child specific recruitment to promote emotionally safe adoptions.
  • Support services for families along all stages of the adoption journey.

On any given day there are more than 3,000 children in foster care in Pinellas and Pasco counties, including close to 100 who are available for adoption.

Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange

Michigan Heart Gallery Grand Opening

Michigan Heart Gallery's 2015 Grand Opening

Advance Registration has opened! Click here!

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Map to Michigan Heart Gallery Grand Opening

The Michigan Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic exhibit featuring older youth in foster care who are awaiting a forever family through adoption. The 2015 Michigan Heart Gallery Grand Opening event will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 11:00AM until 2:00PM at Emagine Theater, 200 North Main Street, in Royal Oak. Includes lunch, viewing of the 2015 Heart Gallery display, and a chance to speak with adoption professionals and mingle with the stars (our featured youth!) - Upper Level Skybox The general public, photographers, adoption workers, and youth awaiting adoption are ALL invited. The event is free.

News Articles

Finding family: stories of adoption

Finding Family: Stories of Adoption

Oct. 21 will always be a special date for Michelle and Nick Markovsky. It’s the day the Yorba Linda couple found out they would become parents twice, three years apart. That date does not mark the birthday of their two children. It is the date the couple adopted them after being married for 10 years and unable to conceive. Coincidentally, in both adoptions, the Markovskys were notified on Oct. 21 that a child was available.

Cayuga County New York Seeks More Homes For Children

Cayuga County, New York Seeks More Homes For Foster Children

Last summer was stressful at times for a particular human services program in Cayuga County. There was a point where case workers with the Cayuga County foster care program were faced with finding homes for eight children in just one day alone. In going through the process, organizers said they struggled with options in finding best matches for children and parents. “That really got us thinking that we struggled and we don’t want to place a child in any random home,” said Cate Richardson, a program homefinder.

Massachusetts Heart Gallery Turns 10

The Faces of Foster Care: The Heart Gallery Turns 10

MARE is a 57-year-old private nonprofit that serves as the central link between families interested in adoption, the state Department of Children and Families, and its contracted adoption agencies. One of MARE’s many public awareness efforts is coordinating, running and moving the Heart Gallery, and matching volunteer professional photographers with foster children. More than 400 children have been featured in Heart Gallery exhibits since 2005, averaging 30 to 40 new portraits a year.

Indiana Heart Gallery

Adoptable Children's Portraits Stops in Greenfield March 27-April 11

Adoptable Children's Portraits Stops in Spencer March 21-April 4

Indiana Heart Gallery's Perpetual Calendar

The Indiana Heart Gallery was created by the Indiana Department of Child Services in 2007 as one way to help these incredible children share their stories and hope of joining a family and encourage families to adopt. Many of the foster children featured in the gallery are older or special needs children, minorities, or members of a sibling group. All are considered hard-to-place children. Our goal is to keep the Heart Gallery moving until all of the children are adopted!

Fewer children being adopted

Fewer children are being adopted from the NYC foster system as eligible kids increase

Fewer kids are getting adopted out of the city foster care system as more become eligible for adoption. There were 266 adoptions in the first four months of this fiscal year. That is 66 less than the 339 last year. The 22% drop was of great concern at a City Council hearing Tuesday. Chair of the General Welfare committee, Councilman Steve Levin (D-Brooklyn), said it's one sign of the "fairly dismal performance across the board" of foster care in New York. The state is one of the lowest ranked states.

Photo Exhibit Features Kentucky Children Awaiting Adoption

Photo exhibit features Kentucky Children Awaiting Adoption

Kentucky Exhibit Spotlighting Children Available For Adoption in Oldham County

A photo exhibit spotlighting Kentucky children who are awaiting adoption will be on display in Oldham County this month. The Heart Gallery will be on display through Mar. 23 at the Oldham County YMCA in Buckner. Later this month the exhibit will be at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center at Crestwood. Photographers work with the children to showcase their individuality and search for stable, loving families. State officials say there is an ongoing need for more foster and adoptive families in Kentucky.

three siblings waiting

Three siblings still waiting to find one forever home

For the last nine months, San Diego siblings Alissa, Jonathan and Jason, now in the 7th, 4th and 2nd grades, have been struggling to find a forever family where they each have their own bedroom. Even though, they still live apart, the one wish they have is to live together.

Tampa Rays Pitcher Chris Archer Gives Zachary, a Tampa Bay Heart Gallery Child, a Taste of Spring Training

Tampa Rays Pitcher Chris Archer Gives Zachary, a Tampa Bay Heart Gallery Child, a Taste of Spring Training

A young Rays fan from the Heart Gallery gets the chance to warm up and play catch with pitcher Chris Archer during Spring Training.

Indian River State College Hosts Heart Gallery

Indian River State College Hosts a Florida Heart Gallery

The gallery features children who have been removed from home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. They are “difficult to place” children who are older (7-17 years old), sibling groups, minority or bi-racial or may have physical, emotional or behavioral issues. The local Heart Gallery is displayed in high-traffic locations across Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Indian River and Martin counties in an effort to raise awareness of the need for adoptive homes in our communities.

What Every Child Deserves

What Every Child Deserves

I volunteered to write an adoption profile of a teenager in need of an adoptive home for the Heart Gallery exhibit in Missouri. Eager to write it, I read the information sent to me about this youth. As I started to write, the words just would not come. I sat there, my fingertips on the keyboard, notes by my side, his picture staring back at me, and I was profoundly moved. Athletic, loving, determined, compassionate…these are the words used to describe this child, and yet, he does not have a family to call home. My heart broke a little. The tears started to well-up, and I was lost in the thoughts about what he must be thinking.

Heart Gallery Alabama Posts Videos of 25 Children, all waiting for adoption

HGA's junior board helps cultivate the next generation of philathropists

Heart Gallery Alabama ends AmeriCorps week celebration by introducing Patrick Bradford

Introducing AmeriCorps alumni and junior Heart Gallery Alabama board member, Brannette Marshall

AmeriCorps week continues as Heart Gallery Alabama celebrates Agee Baldwin

Heart Gallery Alabama celebrates AmeriCorps week by honoring Christine Pappas

Friday, March 13: Heart Gallery Alabama Posts Videos of 7 More Children, all waiting for adoption

"There are no unwanted children. Only unfound families." The concept of a "family" is foreign to far too many children. For reasons beyond their control, they have found themselves living in the foster care system. Many have passed through several homes, enduring neglect and sometimes violence. Others may be considered "harder to place" because they belong to a sibling group or have special needs. Some are older children who have endured the system for years. All of them are souls with a basic longing for a "normal" life. . . for someplace to call home. They all need a family.

CG ProPrints

CG ProPrints Helps Heart Gallery Find Adoptive Families

CG ProPrints has unbeatable prices on large canvas portraits that help The Heart Gallery of Northwest Texas recruit adoptive families in our community. Local children waiting in foster care are photographed by our network of more than 33 professional photographers. Then, The Heart Gallery orders 20x30 inch canvases of each child to display in local churches and businesses.

Heart Gallery on Display at Long Beach, California, City Hall

Heart Gallery on Display at Long Beach, California City Hall

South Carolina: Adoptive and Foster Families Are Needed

South Carolina: Adoptive and Foster Families Are Needed

ADOPTIVE AND FOSTER FAMILIES are needed for children throughout South Carolina. How to find our more about adoption and foster care.

Tom Green County Texas Needs Foster Homes

Tom Green County Texas Needs Foster Homes

A new report confirmed that some 483 cases of child abuse and neglect were reported in the county during 2013. This article explains why, how, and when Texas children are placed into foster care. The foster family shortage has resulted in approximately 90 percent of children being housed out of county, imposing more difficulty on agents seeking to keep children close to their homes. For information about being an adoptive or foster parent, in this area, please read these articles.

Celebrating Ten Years of Adoptions

Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay: Celebrating Ten Years of Adoptions

A musical mystery tour of the joy of adoption from the point of view of Heart Gallery adoptees over the past ten years.

From the Heart... #1 - The Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco

From the Heart... #3 Changing how adoptive families inquire about children by Mark Livings

From the Heart... #1 - The Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco in Florida

From The Heart... #2 - Volunteering with Carol Hughes

A live, FREE 7-week Workshop on Adoption Training, Florida, Starting April 10

Are you thinking about adoption? Make an informed decision about one of the most important things you can do to "make a difference"! The Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco is excited to share their first Adoption Podcast, discussing the History of the Heart Gallery and Adoption. This is the first of a weekly series of podcasts, by experienced professionals, which will give you an insider's view of the system, give you tips that they have learned from others, and give guidance based on their direct experience. Learn how foster children find Adoptive families through the dedicated efforts at the Heart Gallery. Tune in every Tuesday around 11am, EST!

South Carolina Heart Gallery

The Heart Gallery South Carolina's in Greenville, Powdersville, Mt. Pleasant, Simpsonville, Pickens, Laurens, Columbia, Irmo, Charleston, Beaufort, Clinton, Summerville, 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.


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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