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National Adoption Day:
November 22, 2014


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
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Waiting For Adoption

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

News and Events (Search below for your state or county)

Regina Calcaterra Luncheon and Heart Gallery Reception

National Adoption Month Heart Gallery Display at The Strong Museum

Annual Heart Gallery opening in Rochester, New York

Luncheon and Heart Gallery in Rochester NY

Register by October 23, 2014

Regina Calcaterra Luncheon and Heart Gallery Reception

In honor of National Adoption Month, Children Awaiting Parents (CAP) will host our annual Heart Gallery exhibit at The Strong, National Museum of Play with special guest speaker Regina Calcaterra and CAP's new Executive Director, Charles Reaves. CAP invites you to hear Regina's inspiring story of triumph over her past in the foster care system and allow your heart to be moved by powerful photos of foster children who still wait to be adopted. Free to the public, this is a family-friendly event to increase awareness of the need for adoptive homes for older children. The Judge Wagner 2014 Heart Gallery, a display of more than 20 photographs of children in need of adoptive families, on view at The Strong® museum from November 7–30, 2014.

The MARE Heart Gallery Exhibit at Springfield Public Library

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) Heart Gallery Exhibit

The Heart Gallery Shows at The Springfield, Mass. Public Library

Adoption Information Meeting, October 22 6pm - 7:30pm

The Springfield City Library, 220 State St., is hosting the MARE Heart Gallery. Families interested in adoption from foster care are invited to attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, October 22 from 6-7:30p at the Springfield City Library. Social workers, MARE staff, and experienced adoptive families will be on hand to share information and answer questions.

World Wide Zombie Dance Supports Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay

World Wide Zombie Dance Supports Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay

Thrill St. Pete, South Straub Park, St. Petersburg, Florida

The 2014 performance is benefiting the Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay, supporting the adoption of older and hard-to-place children. Zombie workshops are scheduled at Suncoast Dance and Music Academy, 290 9th St. N. (MLK), St. Petersburg, throughout October. St. Petersburg's local flash mob dance is part of the worldwide Thrill the World event that unites zombies in dance at precisely the same time all over the globe.


Adoption Information Meetings in Rochester, New York

Interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent? Join Children Awaiting Parents & learn about the child waiting for you! These meetings are free and typically last about an hour. New families and their children are always welcome.

Celebrating LGBTQ Families

Syracuse New York: Celebration of LGBTQ Families with Heart Gallery

You are invited to participate in Fostering Families: A Mini-conference for Building and Celebrating LGBTQ Families and Allies, Saturday, November 1, 2014, in Syracuse, NY, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The conference, organized by the CNY LGBTQ Child Welfare Coalition, in which Friends in Adoption (FIA) participates, will be held at Park Presbyterian Church, 504 E. Fayette St, Syracuse, NY. Pre-registration for a modest fee of $7 per person is required, and this fee includes refreshments and lunch.

Willow Creek Community Church

Justice for the Orphan shows Illinois Heart Gallery at South Barrington Church

Guest speakers Eric Nelson, Executive Director of Administer Justice, Sgt. Ken Nicolai from the Salvation Army, and Steve and Sarah Carter from Willow Creek Church share powerful and heart-warming stories of how their voice and actions on behalf of the voiceless changed the trajectory of many lives. Join us for a light dinner, a display of the Heart Gallery of Illinois and an exposition of exhibitors impassioned about the plight of the vulnerable child. Learn about ways you can participate in our upcoming book study and make a difference in the life of a child. South Barrington Campus, Room B100, under the chapel.

Orphan Sunday

Orphan Sunday

Orphan Sunday is implemented by hundreds of volunteer coordinators all over the world. We are so excited to see what God has planned for Orphan Sunday this year! He is moving hearts across the world to care for the fatherless in amazing ways. If you are searching for a coordinator in your area, you can see our current team here.

Heart Gallery of New Mexico

New Mexico Calendar: Learn About Adoption Near You!

Attend a local, free information meeting and learn more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent! CYFD staff and foster parents will be available to provide information and answer questions about the process to become a licensed foster or adoptive parent at these locations. Reservations are not necessary; just show up!

Sisters Looking for Family to Share Laughs With

Sisters Looking for Family to Share Laughs With

Denise, 12-Year-Old Art Lover, Wants Forever Home

Keana, 12, Looking for fun, permanent home

MMA Fan Christopher, 15, Looking for Forever Family

Heart Gallery of Central Texas Features Adoptable Children

The Heart Gallery of Central Texas is a special program that's new to Partnerships for Children. "What it is, is a traveling art exhibit and community outreach and education initiative that focuses on the children here in Central Texas available for adoption," Partnerships for Children's Megan Ransom said. More than 30 volunteer photographers are working with Partnerships for Children to take photos of adoptable children for the Heart Gallery. "It gives our community a chance to see these children," Ransom said. "You really get to see their spirit. You get to see their smiles."

Connecticut Heart Gallery Celebrates National Adoption Month

Connecticut Heart Gallery Celebrates National Adoption Month

The Connecticut Heart Gallery is a collection of professional photograph's of children longing for permanency. As we prepare for Adoption Awareness month 2014, please take the time to watch this video and share. If you have any questions about Connecticut's Heart Gallery children, please email Jacqueline Ford at jacqueline.ford@ct.gov. You may also visit our web at http://www.ctfosteradopt.com. Thank you for taking the time to help us create awareness for these special children.

Clear Channel Donates Billboards to Heart Gallery NYC

Clear Channel Donates Billboards to Heart Gallery NYC for National Adoption Month

We're so excited to announce the Heart Gallery NYC 2014 Billboard Campaign in Times Square in honor of National Adoption Month!!! Thank you to our special Heart Gallery NYC Team member at Clear Channel for helping to make a difference. The Heart Gallery NYC Billboard Campaign raises awareness to millions about the need for forever families for NYC children in care.

Heart Gallery of Middle Tennessee

Heart Gallery: Celebrating 1st Year and 1st Adoption

Heart Gallery of Middle Tennessee Celebrates Its First Year and Its First Adoptions

Luke and Katherine Marthdal of Franklin, Tennessee celebrated Sunday. They celebrated the adoption of their daughter, Sarah, 12, on October 10th. The 12-year-old was beaming at her party with a table that had all of her favorite things. The Marthedal's were connected to Sarah through Heart Gallery of Middle Tennessee. There are more than 100 Heart Galleries across the country. The organization takes professional photos of foster children eligible for adoption and places them online with a bio. Sarah was one of the first kids on this Heart Gallery's website.

Heart Gallery San Bernardino's, Be A Hero

Heart Gallery San Bernardino (California) Encourages you to: BE A HERO!

Facebook: Be A Hero For These Children

About the Adoption Process

San Bernardino Heart Gallery

Children and Family Services (CFS) is in search of the ultimate heroes for our children. The Heart Gallery's Be A Hero campaign features the children who are available for adoption photographed with their heroes. Children were photographed alongside San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon and Fire Chief Mark Hartwig, Colton firefighters, Redlands police officers and firefighters, and Rialto Police Chief William Farrar. The photo sessions were meant to be unique experiences for the children and offered them a by a glimpse of a day in the life of a profession they may want to go into one day.

Heart Gallery Alabama

Lessons on adoption and foster care I'll never forget

Help bring Heart Gallery Alabama to your city

Foster care and adolescence

Hundreds of Alabama's children are in need of loving homes. Over the course of the next few months, you'll meet them. And, maybe, provide the love and stability they need. Heart Gallery Alabama, a nonprofit that strives to find a permanent family for the children in Alabama's foster care system, will use this space on AL.com to introduce readers to those children and share their stories.

Help Foster Youth Get Adopted

Photographers: Help Foster Youth Get Adopted and Gain Experience!

When foster children are unable to be reunited with their family, they may need to find a new forever family. Their photos are posted on Heart Gallery websites where first impressions are everything when it comes to impressing prospective parents and creating an instant connection. That’s where you, the photographer, comes in: anyone can take a picture, but not everyone can capture the spirit of a child.

Christian Alliance for Orphans

New Federal Numbers are Out on Foster Care: Check Out the Ones Column

There weren't simply "over 400,000" kids in foster care last year. There were 402,378. There are eight kids in the ones column. While you could go to your pastor and ask him to get behind the idea of speaking up for the "over 400,000" kids in foster care, what if you just went and asked him for help with the eight kids in the ones column. You see, the problem is that 400,000 is a hard number to put a name to. However, eight is not.

The South Carolina Adoption Process

The Power of Video

The Adoption Process - Part 1

The Adoption Process - Part 2

What is involved with the adoption process? Though this article describes South Carolina's process in vivid detail, it is very similar, in general character, to the adoption process in many other states. While it can be daunting, it can also be well worth the trouble to dig up all those old papers, show your home, and go through a little training. If you are curious about adoption, attend a local orientation to find out more.

Number in US Foster Care Rises

Number of US children in foster care rises slightly after dropping for 7 years

After dropping for seven straight years, the number of U.S. children in foster care rose slightly last year, according to new federal figures released Monday. The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services tallied 402,378 children in the foster care system as of September 30, 2013, up from about 397,000 a year earlier, but still down dramatically from a decade earlier. The peak was 524,000 children in foster care in 2002, and the number had dropped steadily since 2005.

National Adoption Month

Planning For November, National Adoption Month

Child Welfare Information Gateway: Take the Survey!

New York City Residents: Make a Difference! Get Involved!

Please Join Us For Our National Adoption Month Initiatives! Heart Gallery is looking forward to our upcoming National Adoption Month campaign. The NYC initiatives include our annual Penn Station Exhibit and Times Square Billboard campaign. If you would like your agency to participate in these exciting outreach initiatives, please contact Heart Gallery at info@heartgallerynyc.org .

The Cost of Adoption

The Cost of Adoption

The Child Welfare Information Gateway, a U.S. government-funded adoption information service, estimates that the average U.S. adoption costs $8,000 to $40,000. If you're adopting a child from another country, the range is $15,000 to $30,000. If you're adopting through foster care, which generally involves becoming the parent of an older child, the cost is much lower: zero to $2,500. So what exactly are you paying for, other than the opportunity to become a parent? Here's a breakdown of where some of your money goes.

Come Fall in Love With A Child

Connecticut's Heart Gallery Celebrates Adoption Awareness Month

Connecticut Heart Gallery Exhibit Opens October 2

The Green Street Art Center at 51 Green Street, Middleton will host the Heart Gallery from October 2 - October 29th. The exhibit is a collection of various photographs of children who are medically complex, have siblings or are young adolescents to older teens. These children all have one wish in common, to find a permanent connection with a family.

The Children's Trust Miami Heart Gallery

A Video Introduction to the Children's Trust Miami Heart Gallery

This 3-minute video gives an overview of the Children's Trust Miami Heart Gallery. Founded in 2008, the Miami Children's Trust Heart Gallery reaches out to families and shares professional images. It lets many people know that there are foster children who need permanent loving families. It gives people who are considering adoption the opportunity to see the children's faces and hear their voices and get an opportunity to really follow up with the children. Many of the children in the Heart Gallery have been adopted, though there are still some who need families.

Heart Gallery South Carolina Locations

South Carolina Heart Gallery Displays Throughout the State

John's Island Regional Library

You can find the South Carolina Heart Gallery in Greenville, Powdersville, Spartanburg, Simpsonville, Pickens, Clinton, Laurens, Columbia, Irmo, Charleston, John's Island, Summerville, Beaufort, and Myrtle Beach during October. You can also find it on Facebook, Twitter, and by clicking through to the website!

Preschool Kids-Raise Money

Preschoolers Raise Money for Foster Kids

A recent fundraiser in Oldsmar netted $1,000 for the Heart Gallery of Pasco and Pinellas! The Big Bubbles Block Party in Oldsmar last Saturday might have been all fun and games, but it served a more serious purpose for the youngsters at The Learning Experience preschool in Oldsmar. The community event was designed to raise awareness for the Heart Gallery of Pasco and Pinellas. That nonprofit project is designed to put a spotlight on Bay Area foster children who are hoping to find forever homes through adoption. The online gallery features the stories and photos of dozens of kids while also offering information about adoption. The effort is funded through donations.

Celeste Dallas - Child Advocate

Too old to be adopted?

According to the New Mexico Children Youth and Families web site, at any given time there are around 2,500 children who are in the foster care system. Some of these children are teenagers and many “age out” of the system. Foster families can’t afford to support these children once they turn 18 because they lose the assistance that comes with fostering children. As a result, teenagers that have aged out of the system are asked to leave their foster homes and are essentially homeless with no family ties or support...

South Carolina Heart Gallery

Behind the Scenes at a Photo Shoot

It was a typical summer's day in the South – with heat and humidity that felt like a sauna. But the temperature didn't hold us back. Today, it was all hands on deck for the SC Heart Gallery photo shoot in Falls Park in downtown Greenville, SC. Staff and volunteers showed up early to set out coolers of bottled water and juice and boxes cookies and chips for the children to enjoy during their time with us. Several volunteer photographers prepared ...

Fostering Families Today

Diamond and Shadrach, from Heart Gallery Alabama, Make Cover of National Magazine

Starting with the next issue, six or seven Heart Gallery Alabama kids will be described inside the magazine as well. Fostering Families Today explores the issues that profoundly affect families and children through articles and stories reflecting professional expertise and the experienced perspective of dedicated parents.

HR4980 Heads for the President's Desk

Adoption Incentives Bill Clears Senate, Heads to President

H.R.4980 - Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act

A bipartisan and bicameral child welfare bill to restructure adoption incentives, require tracking of failed adoptions and limit long-term foster care became law Monday. It passed both houses of Congress unanimously. The bill will effect major change on federal adoption programs in three areas: New Adoption Incentive Awards, Tracking Adoption Disruption, and Reining in APPLA.

Indiana Heart Gallery

Adoptable Children's Portraits Exhibit Stops in Mishawaka: Heart Gallery at Northern Autism Expo Oct. 25

The Indiana Heart Gallery Stops in Noblesville at Harvest Bible Chapel Oct 23 - Nov 3

Heart Gallery brings attention to foster children in need of a home (Video)

Heart Gallery brings attention to foster children in need of a home

Adoptable Children's Portraits Exhibit Stops in Jasper, Indiana Oct 17 - Nov 1

Gallery shows children 5 to 18 looking for 'forever homes'

Indiana Heart Gallery at Vigo County YMCA

Heart Gallery brings attention to foster children in need of a home

Indiana Heart Gallery Exhibit coming to Terre Haute YMCA, Oct. 13 - 24

Heart Gallery Brings Attention to Foster Children

Exhibit Stops in Terre Haute: Heart Gallery at YMCA Oct. 13 - 24

Indiana Heart Gallery's Current Showing Schedule

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!

common dream - be adopted

University Mall Event Calendar

The 48 children featured in mall display have a common dream – to be adopted

Mall display shows foster children up for adoption

Mall display shows foster children up for adoption

Mall display shows foster children up for adoption

Mall display shows foster children up for adoption

Every face has a story to tell. The 48 children staring back at shoppers from portraits on display in the mall have something in common: They are all part of the Alabama foster care system and have a desire to be adopted into a loving family. Visit the Heart Gallery Alabama photo exhibit on the JC Penney wing of University Mall (October 1 - October 31). Heart Gallery Alabama features children in the Alabama foster care system, with the mission of helping them find their forever homes!

Judge calls for more foster families

Judge Shepherd puts out call for more foster families in Northeast Missouri

A Missouri Circuit Judge has said that the need for foster families has increased during the past three years at a Heart Gallery exhibit in Missouri. The Missouri Heart Gallery exhibit, exhibiting in Hannibal, is a joint effort between the Missouri Department of Social Services and the Adoption Exchange of Missouri to raise awareness about children in need of foster and adoptive families in Missouri.

The Middle Mom Blog


Project Zero Heart Gallery got a message... and gives hope that someone will see his photo and be moved to action on his behalf...

Plan for Orphan Sunday

Heart Gallery of Northwest Texas Joins Orphan Sunday, Encourages Others

Orphan Sunday in San Angelo Texas

We invite you and your church to share God's love for the orphan on November 2nd, 2014. Orphan Sunday is simply an opportunity for us to reflect God's love for orphans in each of our churches. Each church may have a different way of doing this...a prayer, a sermon, a small group study, a youth activity, a concert, a shared meal, a speaker, the opportunities are endless!

Finding Forever

Finding Forever: The Rewarding Yet Sometimes Frustrating Road to Adoption

Think about the state taking you away from your troubled mother when you're just 7 years old. Think about bouncing from one foster home to the next before finally being placed in one for three years while awaiting an adoption over which you have no control. And then think about how, one day, you meet a woman from Oregon, who's been "matched" with you through a foster child adoption service in that faraway state, and who says she wants to take you home with her – forever. [Click button at the bottom to read without subscribing].

Amarillo Texas CPS short on homes for kids

Amarillo Texas CPS Short On Homes Needed For Kids In Foster Care

In the Amarillo area, Child Protective Services is removing fewer children from their homes this year, but the agency struggles to keep them in the region, leaders in the field have said. More than 200 children are placed outside of the region at any point in time, regional CPS Director Camille Gilliam said.

Artists Team Up to Help MARE Find Forever Families

Potters Contribute Cups, Show Heart Gallery, in Benefit for Mass. Foster Kids

Opening November 7, 2014 in Greenfield, MA: exhibition and sale of handmade cups honoring the many children in the foster care system.Every potter invariably has a cup or mug that just hasn't sold. Much like these kids, its unique qualities have not been given their due. Potters across the nation have been invited to contribute such a cup to this exhibition to represent a child in the foster care system. Also included will be professional photographs and information about some of the children in foster care. A portion of the proceeds from each cup sale benefit the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (M.A.R.E.).

Missouri Heart Gallery Classic

!Colores! - the "Heart Gallery" changes lives by capturing the many faces of foster children waiting to be adopted.

The last third of this last week's !Colores! documentary details what magic can happen during a Heart Gallery photo shoot, how kids open up and connect with their photographer, why a Heart Gallery photo with a professional photographer is important, and how it makes a difference. Each of the photographs represents a great potential for a positive outcome!