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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.

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There are nearly 400,000 children in foster care in the United States.
Over 101,000 need adoptive homes right now.
More than 25,000 age out of foster care every year, at age 18 without anyone, to live on their own, unprepared and unsupported.

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Come Fall in Love With A Child

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. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, October 2nd 6-8pm. 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.

Missouri Heart Gallery Classic

Missouri Heart Gallery Golf Classic VII to Benefit The Adoption Exchange Sept. 22

Heart Gallery Golf Classic VII to Benefit the Adoption Exchange

Heart Gallery Golf Classic VII to Benefit the Adoption Exchange

Come out to the Heart Gallery Golf Classic VII on September 22 to benefit The Adoption Exchange! In addition to the tournament, golfers can enjoy a continental breakfast, on-course lunch, drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and live & silent auctions.

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].

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!

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 is headed to President Obama's desk for signature. The Senate passed The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (H.R. 4980) in the late hours of its last session before the November elections. The House has already approved the bill. The bill, if signed by Obama, will effect major change on federal adoption programs in three areas: New Adoption Incentive Awards, Tracking Adoption Disruption, and Reining in APPLA.

Missouri Heart Gallery in Hannibal

Exhibit promotes adoption, foster care in Hannibal, Missouri

The Missouri Heart Gallery 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 display contains pictures and information about many of the 1,400 children eligible for adoption in Missouri.

Shannon Newton

New Arkansas Trucking Association President Adopts From Heart Gallery

The Newtons recently became parents to their third child, David, who just turned 17. The couple has two other children, Nash, 7, and Nyla, 5. But Newton says she was moved when she learned that teenage boys are the least likely to be adopted out of foster care. "I was truly broken once I became aware of the need," she said. "These waiting kids are not just numbers or statistics. Each one is a real kid with hopes and dreams just like all of the other children I knew."

The Home Run Club

Tampa Bay Rays Support the Home Run Club For Foster Kids

The Tampa Bay Rays, the Heart Gallery, and Eckerd Community Services are in the fifth year of a partnership to provide foster families tickets throughout the baseball season, along with experiences to prepare for adoption. This year, the Rays doubled the size of the suite at the Stadium, allowing nearly 100 children to participate in the activities...

Adoption: Mississippi Teens Face the Challenge

Adoption: Mississippi Teens Face the Challenge

In 2010, the average age of a child adopted in Mississippi was 6.3 years. Only about 10 percent of children 13 and older were adopted. Children age out of the adoption program at age 21, many with no relatives. Some choose to leave the program when they turn 18, depending on whether they have means to support themselves.

Foster Children Featured in Flashy Fashions

Local Celebrities Pair with Kids in Foster Care for Fashion Show

Foster Children Featured in Flashy Fashions

The fourth annual Back to School Fashion Show featured 13 school-aged foster children available for adoption, dressed to impress with clothing donated by Goodwill Industries of the Big Bend. Kids were paired on the runway with local dignitaries, deputies, firefighters, and other "heroes", in an effort to raise awareness of the need for adoptive parents.

Heart Gallery of Northwest Texas

Newsletter: 51 Tom Green County Children Are Awaiting Adoption

Update: Information sessions, thank you, support group, Sunset Mall Community Day, First Annual 5K Run, Slamfest, Orphan Sunday, book recommendation, and more... check out the newsletter and calendar!

Christian Radio Network Seeks Prayer for Heart Gallery Teenager

Christian Radio Network Seeks Prayer for New Orleans Heart Gallery Teenager

This month, we are praying for Donald, a 13-year-old in the 7th grade. His favorite subject in school: Computer. His favorite food: Fried chicken. His favorite after school activity: Listening to music. His favorite TV Show: Sesame Street. Donald is non-verbal, but is playful and loves to engage with others. He would thrive in a family that can offer him love, affection, and plenty of attention.

Hidden Heros

Hidden Hero: Michael Haley: Adopted Himself, Brings Light to Adoption

Hidden Hero: Kylee

"I believe that we can find a permanent home for all of our South Carolina children waiting for adoption; I don't think that goal is far out of reach. Opening your door to a child and providing them a loving, caring, permanent home is one of the greatest gifts that you can give."

Heart Gallery Alabama

Resilience=The Foster Child

Indroducting Patrick and Andrew

Meet the Pridgen family

Heart Gallery Alabama: A Look Back

Heart Gallery of Alabama would like to introduce Jaylon

Opinion: We all need a safety net called "family"

Opinion: Help Heart Gallery Alabama find homes for foster children

Why A Family Is Important: In Their Own Words

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.

Heart Gallery Alabama at Eastdale Mall

Heart Gallery of Alabama Exhibition September 2 - September 30 in Montgomery

The Alabama Heart Gallery is currently on exhibition in Centre Court at Eastdale Mall the entire month of September. Heart Gallery Alabama's mission is to promote adoption of children currently in Alabama's foster care system. There are over 5000 children in foster care in the state of Alabama. Of these, over 500 are available for adoption. Many of these children will be adopted by their foster parents. The rest are still waiting. In order to promote adoption for these waiting children, Heart Gallery Alabama recruits professional photographers to take meaningful portraits that capture the unique spirit of each child.

PhotoJoJo

Photos for a Good Cause!

You can bring a smile to a child's face, and having them say "cheese" is just step one. The Heart Gallery of America is an organization through which photographers meet and photograph foster children with the goal of helping them find their forever families.

Through the Eyes of a Child

Through The Eyes of a Child

Most of us can't imagine life without our families. They are the people who are always there to help us celebrate our successes and our failures. They are who we turn to for a word of advice or a shoulder to cry on. Because a family is more than flesh and blood. It's having people who love you unconditionally. It's a support system that helps each of us along life's journeys. Yet, thousands of children across South Carolina have never understood the meaning of a family. They have never felt the safety and security of a loving home; they've never experienced unconditional love… but they also haven't given up on it.

Heart Gallery Los Angeles attends LA County Fair

Heart Gallery Los Angeles attends the LA County Fair!

The Heart Gallery Los Angeles can be found at the Los Angeles County Fair, held near Pomona, California. The fair runs from August 29 to September 28, 2014.

New Initiatives Offer Hope for Teens in Foster Care

New Programs For Teen Foster Children

New initiatives offer hope for teens in foster care

This is the fourth in a five-part special report on the state of the foster care system in Arizona and Pinal County. Part five runs Tuesday. In the last five years, young adults in Arizona's foster care system were hit with a one-two punch of setbacks. Thanks to a new statewide program and funding from a multi-state initiative, help may be on the way.

Volunteering As A Heart Gallery Photographer Can Be Fun

I had the tremendously fun privilege of taking photos for Heart Gallery Alabama mission this morning. Their mission is to promote adoption of children currently in Alabama's foster care system. Meet Spider-Man ;)

Native American Foster Parents Needed

The Siouxland area has an urgent need for Native American families to foster Native American children, and Iowa KidsNet is proud to be part of the NF4NC (Native Families for Native Children) project, which is a collaborative effort between the Winnebago, Omaha, Ponca and Santee Tribes; the Iowa Department of Human Services; the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services; and private agency partners.

Over 100 Children in Pinellas and Pasco foster care wating to be adopted.

Through no fault of their own, over one hundred children landed in the foster care system. They await forever homes. They await being loved as much as they desire to be loved by a forever family. Will that forever family be yours?

Now In College, Former Foster Kids Share: Education is key.

"I struggled my first semester, and my grades reflected that. However, the endless support from the previous foster parents did ease my anxiety and made things a lot easier once I got a hold of the whole 'college thing.' ... I've always lived my life by this motto: It's better to live to a life of 'oh wells' than a life of 'what ifs.' Go to college, even if it's for a semester. Try it out, learn some new things and meet some new people. Obtaining a degree is monumental and a huge confidence and morale booster."

An Arkansas Family Explains How They Got Started in Foster Care Adoption

Are you adopting internationally or domestically? What program will you go through to adopt? What age/gender do you plan on adopting? Do you plan to foster first? How do your kids feel about it? How do you feel about it? What's the latest on progress?

Santana Looking for a Permanent Home

Skater, Sean, 13 Wants a 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."

Art exhibit's aim [is] building families

When 27 children currently in foster care in Northwest Florida recently smiled for photographers, they weren’t just aiming for a happy memory or a pretty picture. They were hoping it would end in a forever family. Those children, ages 4 to 17, are the subjects of this year’s “Art of Adoption: The Heart Gallery of the Gulf Coast” exhibit, which opens today at the Pensacola State College Visual Arts Gallery. The children are all clients within the FamiliesFirst Network of Lakeview who are eligible for adoption. FamiliesFirst handles foster care and adoption services in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties.