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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
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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)



Events


Averitt Center and Heart Gallery of Georgia

Traveling Exhibit Shows Photos of Children Available for Adoption

Traveling Exhibit Shows Photos of Children Available for Adoption

Heart Gallery of Georgia: Adoption Changes Everything

Heart Gallery of Georgia on Display in Statesboro

Heart Gallery of Georgia Event on Facebook

At the Main street location of Sea Island Bank, the Averitt Center and Sea Island Bank will be hosting an exhibit entitled, "Heart Gallery of Georgia." This exhibit is a traveling photojournalistic and audio exhibit that features some of Georgia's children in Foster Care who are eligible for adoption.

Heart Gallery Alabama

Alabama Heart Gallery Volunteers/Photographers Honored at Brockwood Village

Heart Gallery Alabama will be celebrating National Adoption Month next week on Thursday, November 20, 2014 with an exhibit and light reception beginning at 5:30 PM at Brookwood Village. The event will celebrate families created through adoption this year and feature two of our most recent success stories. You can also see this month's Heart Gallery Exhibit outside of Lynn's Hallmark during the entire month of November.

Grand Canyon University Devotes Home Game to Children's Heart Gallery

Foster Care Night hits home for GCU twins

Men's basketball home game devoted to Children's Heart Gallery

Nov. 20, Texas-Arlington: Foster Care and Adoption Awareness (Partnership with Arizona Foster Care Initiative, Arizona’s Office of Faith and Community, Children’s Heart Gallery, Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation and City of Grace to raise awareness and educate fans about the opportunities surrounding adoption and foster care in Arizona.)

10th Annual Heart Gallery in Texas

10th Annual Heart Gallery: Canyon Texas

Description: Legally Free to adopt children pictures will be displayed to potential adoptive parents. Open to CPS staff and the public. Location: Randall County Courthouse, 2309 Russell Long Boulevard, Canyon, Texas Contact: Leonor Espinoza-806-296-3144

Hillsborough National Adoption Day

25 Foster Children Will Be Adptoped During Hillsborough National Adoption Day

On Friday morning, November 21st, 25 foster children from Hillsborough County will leave with new forever families during the Hillsborough National Adoption Day celebration at the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa, FL. This year's theme is "I wasn't expected, I was selected." Adoption finalization hearings, normally closed to the public, will be open to guests and members of the media. In Hillsborough on Friday you will meet several families including the Mays Family.

Delaware

Heart Gallery in Dover, Delaware for National Adoption Day celebration

Each year in Delaware, nearly 100 children find their permanent families through adoption. Delaware will join states and communities nationwide in hosting a National Adoption Day. National Adoption Day is an opportunity to celebrate families who have been built through adoption. Delaware's event will take place at the Elizabeth Murphey School gymnasium at 42 Kings Highway East, Dover. It will include recognition of adoptive families who have finalized adoptions in 2013-14, along with the Delaware Family Court judges who finalized those adoptions. Remarks will be provided by Kent County Family Court Judge Kenneth Millman. Miss Delaware's Outstanding Teen Grace Otley, an adopted child, will also perform during the ceremony.

Heart Gallery of Broward

Heart Gallery of Broward Celebrates National Adoption Day with Finalizations

We are pleased that Circuit Court Judge John B. Bowman has agreed for the eleventh year to chair this event which is designed to celebrate this special occasion and create a memorable day for the children and adoptive parents. After adoptions are finalized and commemorative family photos are taken, everyone will celebrate with food, games, and live DJ.

National Adoption Day, 2014

National Adoption Day Website

National Adoption Day, 2014

This event is celebrated nationwide, as adoptions of children across the nation are finalized in one big day. Event celebrations vary according to the needs of the courts and the professionals who manage adoptions. Still thousands of children wait for their forever families, while 43% of Americans believe that the foster care adoption system is overwhelming and expensive. But it is not. There are few or no costs. If you want to learn about adoption or foster care, national adoption day is a good time. Cogent information is frequently available at the local level. Check out the DHHS child information gateway for a location near you.



News Stories and Articles


Sisters Looking for Family to Share Laughs With

Art Lover, Karina, Wants a Family to Add Color to Her Life

Gabby, 15, Looking for Family to Welcome Her

Heart Gallery of Central Texas Features Adoptable Children

Johnathan, 17, Needs Family to be Himself With

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."

Children in need await your love

Children in need await your love

For the Haughts, the road to adoption began about four years ago when they heard about the Heart Gallery on a radio program. The gallery is one of the ways the county Department of Human Series informs the public of children who are waiting to be adopted. "We went to a meeting at the county," she said. "That's where we met the folks from Aspiranet; they gave a presentation and we liked their professionalism and their honesty."

Adoption Rhode Island

Tenth Annual Rhode Island Heart Gallery Launched!

Adoption Rhode Island Launches 10th Annual Heart Gallery at State House

Rhode Island State House Celebration: A Decade of Love!

Adoption Rhode Island Unveils Tenth Annual Heart Gallery

Adoption Rhode Island held our 10th annual State House Ceremony to celebrate adoption, to raise awareness about the children who wait, and recognize selected Rhode Island community members for their support of the hundreds of children in RI state care hoping to someday have a family to call their own. Our annual National Adoption Month celebration at the State House was Wednesday November 19. See this photo-journal of the photos, the people, the celebration, and the state house!

Foster Care Night Hits Home For GCU Twins

Foster Care Night Hits Home for GCU Twins

It will be Foster Care and Adoption Awareness Night at Grand Canyon University's basketball game Thursday, and Ahnjellyka Duque-Parks hopes more than a few fans in attendance get the message and act. For Ahnjellyka and her twin sister, Angela, it's a personal story. Seven years ago, they and their three siblings, sisters Elvia and Katalina and brother Diego, were removed from their home by authorities because of abuse and neglect and put into foster care. Now the twins are 18-year-old freshmen at GCU and thriving thanks to the love and support of their foster parents, Dave Parks and Cherry Duffy-Parks of Phoenix.

tennis tournament

Avison Young's 5th Annual Tennis Tournament Raises $22,600 for the Children's Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay

Avison Young, the world's fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm, raised $22,600 at its 5th Annual Charity Tennis Tournament on Nov. 14th to benefit the Children's Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay, a unique photographic exhibit created to raise awareness of Tampa's foster children and to find forever families for the children in foster care.

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange

My name is Brandie. I am not a fan of vegetables, but I love pizza and fruit!

Brandie is an 11 year old kind and funny Massachusetts girl. Brandie is a child who can talk about her likes and dislikes honestly and openly. She is one of over 120,000 children and teens are in foster care in the United States, waiting to be adopted. During National Adoption Month, our traveling 'Heart Gallery' display of waiting children in Massachusetts will be at South Station through Nov. 24.

Foster Child Granted the Wish of A Lifetime

Tennessee Foster Child Granted the Wish of A Lifetime

As an 18-year-old foster child growing up in the Wiregrass region, Jenni Grace Norman had always dreamed of having a real family. She dreamed of loving parents and brothers and sisters and dogs – all the things she never thought she could have. But on Friday, Norman got her wish.

Heart Gallery Las Vegas

Heart Gallery Las Vegas Visits the Galleria in Henderson

The Heart Gallery is a traveling portrait exhibit of childre in the foster care system who are waiting for a permanent family. Local photographers volunteer their time and talent to portray the essence of these children in a way that has captured the hearts of our community since 2005. Open during mall hours until Dcember 2, 2014

Santa Can

SantaCan seeks donors of gifts for Heart Gallery Los Angeles kids

Children's Action Network's Los Angeles Heart Gallery

THE PHOTOGRAPHS FEATURED HERE ARE FROM CHILDREN’S ACTION NETWORK PRESENTS HEART GALLERY LOS ANGELES, A SPECIAL EXHIBIT FEATURING LOS ANGELES FOSTER YOUTH DESIGNED TO HIGHLIGHT THE NEED TO FIND ADOPTIVE FAMILIES FOR WAITING CHILDREN. THESE CHILDREN LOVE TO LAUGH AND LEARN AND PLAY BUT MOST OF ALL THEY DREAM OF FINDING A PERMANENT LOVING FAMILY TO CALL THEIR OWN. ENSURE THESE CHILDREN RECEIVE THEIR MOST WISHED-FOR GIFT. HERE IS A SELECT WISH LIST KIDS HAVE SENT TO SANTACAN. SURPRISE THEM. SEND THEM A GIFT TODAY.

Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay

Canadian Real Estate Firm Donates to Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay

This friendly tennis competition features the Tampa Bay area’s top commercial real estate brokers and real estate attorneys raising funds to benefit the unique photographic exhibit that raises awareness of Tampa’s foster children to help secure permanent, loving adoptive families.

Heart Gallery New York City

Portraits of Foster Children to be Displayed in Heart Gallery at Penn Station, NYC

Professional photographers help children look their best for portraits which are taken to help them find permanent adoptive homes. The photos are being displayed later this week at Penn Station, with the hope that someone will notice and bring these children into their homes. Heart Gallery NYC arranges makes all of this magic happen! Please tune in this weekend on WNBC, Channel 4 at Sunday, November 16 at 7:00 AM to view a longer version of the story.

Klicks for Kids

Klicks for Kids Photography Gallery At Exploration Place in Wichita

Klicks for Kids is a photography exhibit featuring the images of some of the nearly 900 Kansas children in foster care needing adoption. The gallery is a collaborative effort by Adopt Kansas Kids and the Kansas Professional Photographer's Association. The exhibit can be seen at Exploration Place, 300 North MacLean Boulevard, Witchita, Kansas

Heart Gallery of Web County

Tenth Annual Heart Gallery of Webb County is in Laredo, Texas, starting Nov. 12

Opening Wednesday, November 12, 2014, the 10th Annual Heart Gallery is a collection of (legally free-to-adopt) children's pictures and will be displayed to potential adoptive parents. Exhibit is also open to the public. Come and learn about adoption. Located at Gallery 201, 513 San Bernardo Avenue, Laredo Texas. For further information, please contact: Claudia Canales-Esquivel (956) 764-6046.

Focus On The Family

Focus on the Family Hosts the Heart Gallery for Colorado's Waiting Kids

Focus On The Family Hosts Heart Gallery For Colorado's Waiting Kids

Focus on the Family is hosting the annual Heart Gallery at the ministry's Welcome Center. It features professional photographs of Colorado children in the foster care system awaiting adoption. This marks the eighth time Focus has featured the Heart Gallery and comes at the beginning of National Adoption Month. Behind every photograph in this gallery is a child asking for a loving home," said Kelly Rosati, vice president of Community Outreach and an adoptive mom of four. "Many of these kids live in foster homes, moving frequently and without a sense of permanence in their lives. We're hoping that some of them will find 'forever homes' as a result of the Heart Gallery."

Indiana Heart Gallery

Lafayette Tippecanoe Circuit Courthouse Hosts Gallery Nov 20

Indiana Heart Gallery at Marion Superior Court 2 Adoption Celebration, Nov 21

Indiana Heart Gallery attends Adoption Day Celebration in New Castle, Nov. 17-24

Indiana Heart Gallery in Newcastle 8am-4pm, Henry County Justice Center, Nov 17-24

Adoptable Children's Portraits Exhibit Stops in Fishers: Heart Gallery at YMCA Nov. 23 - 29

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!

A Family For Every Child

Heart Gallery Mentor Program Helps Foster Kids

There are dozens of kids from Lane County living in foster homes. The young adults are getting great care, but that doesn't mean they don't need a little more positive influences in their lives. That's where A Family For Every Child's mentor program comes in. It serves at risk children in need of permanent connections. Katrina Purdy and Dominique are best buds. Katrina is Dominique's mentor with A Family For Every Child. It's a non-profit organization dedicated to pairing caring adults with youth in the foster care system.

Missouri

Adoption Month Highlights Need for Families in Missouri

Missouri Heart Gallery Celebrates National Adoption Month

Right now hundreds of children in Missouri's welfare system are waiting for forever families. November is National Adoption Month, so the state is boosting outreach in an effort to find homes for those kids. There are currently 1500 children ready for adoption in Missouri who currently in the state's custody. 153 of those are right here in Greene County.

Families coming together during monthlong event

San Antonio Texas celebrates National Adoption Month with Heart Gallery Exhibits

The Heart Gallery - a professionally photographed array of local children who are still awaiting their "forever homes" through adoption — will be on display at Catholic Charities Corporate Office, 222 West French Place, and Catholic Charities Community Center, 1801 W. César Chávez from November 17 to December 1. Although adoptions from Texas foster care have more than doubled in the last 10 years, more than 6,500 children and teens wait to be adopted.

10th Annual Heart Gallery in Texas

10th Annual Heart Gallery: Lubbock Texas

Description: Legally Free to adopt children pictures will be displayed to potential adoptive parents. Open to CPS staff and the public. Texas Tech Credit Unions at 1802 Texas Tech Parkway and 4005 98th Street, Lubbock, Texas. (Contact for more information: Karen Tipton-806-742-9414).

Art to encourage adoption

Art to encourage adoption in Canton, Ohio

To raise awareness of the many Stark County children and teenagers needing homes, 13 local artists have donated their talent to create portraits of youths currently available for adoption. Their compelling work is collected in a new touring exhibition titled "Heart Gallery Stark County," that will be on view from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight, during First Friday, at Snarky Art gallery. "It's a way to expose the kids in the paintings to people all over Stark County," said participating artist Judi Krew. The "Heart Gallery" will be displayed Monday through Nov. 30 at the Massillon Museum and the Carnation Mall in Alliance, split between the two locations. Next, it will travel to the Belden Village Mall, Hartville Kitchen, North Canton Public Library and the Jackson Township YMCA.

Regina Calcaterra Luncheon and Heart Gallery Reception

Rochester Exhibit Honors National Adoption Month

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

Regina Calcaterra Luncheon and Heart Gallery Reception

In honor of National Adoption Month, Children Awaiting Parents (CAP) hosted the 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, is on view at The Strong® museum from November 7–30, 2014.

Michigan Mission Center

Michigan Mission Center's Fall Conference Mission Project Displays Heart Gallery

Michigan Mission Center's Fall Conference 2014 at SVSU

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Leaders from the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) Faith Based Initiative will be available at conference to share information with congregations and individuals on opportunities to support children and families involved with foster care and adoption. The Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) Heart Gallery will be on display to highlight the need for adoption ministries and provide resources for getting started.

Comcast Cares

Comcast Cares Donates to the New Mexico Heart Gallery Foundation

The Comcast Foundation announced it will give a total of $59,822 to 13 community organizations in New Mexico. The organizations all participated in Comcast Cares Day in April, the nation's largest single-day corporate volunteer event. The 13 organizations receiving grants included the Heart Gallery of New Mexico Foundation.

Artists Team Up to Help MARE Find Forever Families

Cups of Kindness: opening reception Friday

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.).

Missoula Montana Unveils Heart Gallery

Missoula photo display designed to encourage foster parenthood

Missoula Youth Homes unveils this year's Heart Gallery

Heart Gallery opens at Missoula Montana Mall

Kids' photos will be displayed in the Heart Gallery exhibit at Southgate Mall in Missoula as a national initiative to find adoptive families for kids in need. Youth Homes, in conjunction with Child and Family Services, hopes 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. For more information, visit youthhomesmt.org.

Heart Gallery of Rio Grande Valley

Heart Gallery of South Texas Now Open

10th Annual Heart Gallery of the Rio Grande Valley

Heart Gallery of Rio Grande Valley Opens at Childrens Museum

10th Annual Heart Gallery of Brownsville

Entertainment and Refreshments provided. The mission of the HEART Gallery is to promote the adoption of children in the state foster care program. Portraits of individual children and sibling groups will be on display from November 6, 2014 through December 31, 2014 at the Children's Museum of Brownsville (501 East Ringgold Street). The public is encouraged to view these portraits and call the state adoption recruiter (1-361-878-3513) to inquire about the adoption process. Portraits belong to the South Texas Heart Gallery. (Cameron County). (Event also scheduled November 14).

Arkansas Celebrates National Adoption Day

Adoption Day celebrates new families in Arkansas

Dozens of children in the Arkansas foster care system will become official members of new families this month when they have their adoptions finalized as part of National Adoption Day celebrations that will take place across the state. The day is part of November's National Adoption Month. The DHS Division of Children and Family Services expects 57 adoptions across the state to be finalized this month.

The Children's Trust Miami Heart Gallery Completes a Photo Shoot

Children in need of families get photo shoot

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in downtown Miami hosted The Children's Trust Miami Heart Gallery photoshoot on Tuesday, Nov. 4, where children in need of forever families took center stage. The Heart Gallery is a web-based exhibit featuring children who are available for adoption from Miami-Dade's foster care system. The pictures will be available for the prospective adoptive parents (and the public) sometime in January.

10th Annual Heart Gallery Opening

10th Annual Heart Gallery of South Texas, Grand Opening

Gallery showcases children who seek homes

Heart Gallery of South Texas Opens to the Public

National Adoption Month (Video)

Opening in Corpus Christi's Antonio E. Garcia Arts Center at Texas A&M University

The portraits of 30 legally free children (of the more than 300 available for adoption in South Texas) will be on display at the opening of the Heart Gallery. You can also find biographical sketches and information about how to adopt at the opening. The Heart Gallery exhibit, will continue throughout the month of November at the TAMUCC Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center, located at 2021 Agnes Street. (Nueces County)

Reveal Portraits to Inspire Adoption

Blanton Museum Exhibit Brings Hope

Gallery aims to get Central Texas children into forever homes

THE HEART GALLERY OF CENTRAL TEXAS REVEAL - A TEN YEAR CELEBRATION!

Heart Gallery of Central Texas showed at Blanton Museum of art in honor of Austin Adoption Day, November 6! A program of Partnerships for Children, The Heart Gallery of Central Texas is a portrait exhibit and community education/outreach initiative featuring children in Central Texas who are waiting for adoption. The exhibit will be traveling throughout Central Texas for the next few months.

Utah Heart Gallery

Utah Heart Gallery helps connects kids in foster care with families

Heart Gallery Uses Photos To Find Children Families

Children hoping for adoption pair with professional photographers

Tenth Annual Utah Heart Gallery Opened

Tenth Annual Utah Heart Gallery Opens at State Capitol, now in Hall of Governors

Utah’s Adoption Exchange Heart Gallery (blog)

In Utah, 2,784 children are currently receiving foster care services; of those, 153 are waiting to find a permanent family through adoption. The 10th annual Heart Gallery will feature the portraits, stories, and talents of the children awaiting adoption. WHEN: Thursday, November 6 through Wednesday, November 12, 7am - 8pm, daily. WHERE: Daily Exhibit, Hall of Governors, State Capitol, 350 North State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah. WHO: Pictures children and youths who are awaiting adoption.

Adrienne Arsht Center hosts The Children's Trust Miami Heart Gallery

Children In Need Of Families Get Photo Shoot

Hundreds Attended Opening Night of the Third Annual Exhibit Reception of The Children's Trust Miami Heart Gallery at Miami Art Museum

Adrienne Arsht Center hosts The Children's Trust Miami Heart Gallery

On Tuesday, November 4, the Adrienne Arsht Center will host The Children's Trust Miami Heart Gallery photo shoot to help find safe, loving homes for children available for adoption from the Miami-Dade foster care system. The Miami Heart Gallery is a web-based exhibit that began in 2009. The online gallery features children who have been removed from their biological parents for reasons of neglect or abuse with no possibility of family reunification.

Heart Gallery of Central Texas

Heart Gallery of Central Texas Shines Light on Adoptable Children

Hundreds of children in Central Texas are in foster care just waiting for a family to adopt them. Partnerships for Children shines light on these kids, and this week, the organization is revealing the faces of some of them in the Heart Gallery of Central Texas, a traveling art exhibit that focuses on adoptable children in our area.

Grand Opening: Heart Gallery of Georgia

Heart Gallery adoption event launches in Georgia

Heart Gallery adoption event launches in Georgia

Heart Gallery adoption event launches in Georgia

Heart Gallery adoption event launches in Georgia

Heart Gallery Opens in Savannah Georgia Saturday!

Love One Heart Gallery

Adrian Peterson: Adoption is a Real Game Changer

Heart Gallery of Georgia Opening

Heart Gallery of Georgia Launch [search down the page]

10 a.m.-1 pm. Nov. 1. Georgia will now have a gallery featuring the children eligible for adoption throughout our state. The launch event will be held on Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Savannah Christian Church, 55 Al Henderson Blvd. This event will feature 15 children looking for families. A team from coastal Georgia is pleased to be launching a statewide initiative that offers hope to a seemingly hopeless statistic - the 400,000 children in foster care right now. There will be gallery debuts throughout the state where local community members can come together to celebrate and learn about some of our most courageous little citizens.

Alabama Heart Gallery

Heart Gallery Alabama Visits Brokwood Village during November

Date: November 1, 2014 - November 30, 2014, Location: Upper Level near Lynn's Hallmark. This month and throughout the year, Heart Gallery Alabama encourages all families and local organizations to raise awareness of the more than 500 children and youth living in Alabama's foster care system who are waiting for permanent families. Heart Gallery Alabama will be celebrating National Adoption Month this year on Thursday, November 20, 2014 with an exhibit and light reception beginning at 5:30pm at Brookwood Village. The event will celebrate families created through adoption this year and feature two of the organization's most recent success stories.

Southern Jewish Life Magazine

Heart Gallery picturing Forever Families for foster children

A common saying is that a picture is worth a thousand words, and it is common to look through photo albums to reminisce about family members and milestones of the past. Heart Gallery Alabama takes portraits in a different direction, using them to help children in foster care find "forever" families.

National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month, 2014

The Children's Bureau sponsors the National Adoption Month initiative through a partnership with AdoptUSKids and Child Welfare Information Gateway.

Connecticut Heart Gallery visits Bridgeport, Wallingford, Groton, New Haven, Brookfield, and Seymour

Connecticut Heart Gallery exhibit locations (revised)

Connecticut Heart Gallery November 2014 Exhibit Locations: Avon, Berlin, Waterbury, Bridgeport, Canton, Hartford, Wallingford, Orange, New Haven, Seymour, Middletown, New Britain, Plainville, Terryville, West Haven, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Southington, Farmington, and Wethersfield

Heart Gallery

The Heart Gallery

It's the art of capturing a child’s spirit – photographing an unguarded moment in the emotional life of a foster child. The Heart Gallery of America uses inspiring photos to match children with prospective new parents. This innovative and unique recruitment model for adoptive parents has grown to dozens of cities and states since its inception in 2001. For the many children waiting to be adopted in Tampa Bay, Florida, that means the wait may soon be over.

West Texas Wonders - All Five of Them

West Texas Wonders - All Five of Them

Not one, not two, three or four, but 5 West Texas Wonder siblings are looking for a forever home. The Galvans had anything but an easy childhood... Removed from their parents in 2008 and now separated from their oldest sister who currently resides at a youth ranch while the rest are in a foster-care children's home.

 Meet Sean

Meet Sean

Meet Sean, this month's featured Heart Gallery child looking for a forever home. Read More at: http://www.fox17.com/news/features/this-morning/stories/the-heart-gallery-meet-sean-911.shtml

The South Carolina Adoption Process

Adoption isn't scary... well, maybe a little

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.

Rhode Island Angel of Adoption

Rhode Island Heart Gallery Promoted by Angel of Adoption

Not everyone can adopt a child; however, individuals and businesses can support Adoption Rhode Island and foster children. With the holidays approaching, people often want to give to younger children, but teens also look forward to the season. Consider donating gift cards to stores that carry merchandise for teens so they can shop for their favorite items. Businesses can also host a Heart Gallery, a traveling exhibit of professional portraits of children still looking for their forever homes. Have a special talent? Consider donating your time with children who will really appreciate it.

Christ United Methodist Church

Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee Hosts Heart Gallery Until November 23

Christ United Methodist Church Educates the Congregation About Orphan Care

While the official Orphan Sunday organized by Christian Alliance for Orphans is on November 2, Orphan Care at CUMC will recognize it on October 26. Christians around the world on this day stand for the orphan—the fatherless, the child with no family, the ones looking for a place to call home.

Heart Gallery Alabama

National adoption month promotes and supports sibling connections

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.

The MARE Heart Gallery Exhibit at Springfield Public Library

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) Heart Gallery Exhibit

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) Heart Gallery Exhibit

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

The Springfield City Library, 220 State St., is hosting the MARE Heart Gallery. The MARE Heart Gallery travels across the state to raise awareness of adoption from foster care and to recruit families for the hundreds of children in need of adoption. volunteer photographers donate their time and talent to photograph these children and teens.

Kennedy Krieger Exhibit

Kennedy Krieger exhibit features portraits of children available for adoption in the state

BALTIMORE - Glen and Kora Polydore have been married for 10 years. They can't have children of their own, so now they're considering adoption. "The difference between you having your own kid and adopting one, it's not that different, at the end of the day you end up with a child and whether the child came from you or somebody else, the child is in your home and you love the child," said Glen. That passion for being parents is what brought them to the Kennedy Krieger Institute Outpatient Center to see The Heart Gallery . It features portraits of children right here in Maryland who need loving homes.

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!