|"All Children Deserve a Family"|
There are over 425,000 children in foster care in the United States.
Over 100,000 need adoptive homes right now.
About 20,000 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?
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 80 Heart Galleries across the United States designed to increase the number of adoptive families for children needing homes in our community.
Now, in its fifteenth 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 (click below for video)
|Video courtesy of Children's Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay|
Join us at Punky’s for Bingo4Charity benefiting the Heart Gallery! Bingo cards are $10 for 10 rounds. Come win prizes and help more kids awaiting adoption find their forever homes! The evening starts at 8pm, with Bingo beginning at 8:30, so get there early to grab some food and drinks and get settled in with a bingo card!
The 18th annual "A Home for the Holidays" will air from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23 on the CBS Television Network. Currently, there are more than 420,000 children in foster care in the United States. The inspirational "Children Waiting" segment gives voice to these forgotten children by creating an intimate portrait of their hopes, their dreams and their wish for a "Forever Family." The special is presented in association with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the Children's Action Network. Wendy's founder Dave Thomas, who was adopted, established the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in 1992. It is dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of children in North America's foster care system. The Children's Action Network was founded in 1990 by leaders in the entertainment industry in order to harness the power of the entertainment media on behalf of children. The special is a part of CAN's National Adoption Campaign to raise awareness of the joys of adopting and to find homes for the children who are waiting.
The 7th annual Byrd and Street Mistletoe Jam on Dec. 4 will benefit the Heart Gallery of Central Texas in hopes of raising money and awareness for children in the area that are hoping and waiting to be adopted. The Heart Gallery of Central Texas is an art exhibit and community education and outreach initiative that features children who are waiting for adoption. Admission is $25. There are five bands and musicians that are donating their performances for the event: Betty Soo Susan Gibson The Flyin' A's Barbara Nesbitt Byrd & Street The 7th annual Byrd and Street Mistletoe Jam will kick-off on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Threadgill’s World Headquarters, 301 West Riverside Drive.
Thousands of children across Alabama are looking for a sense of belonging, a place to call home. They are in Alabama's foster care system. Each week, we bring you the story of a child hoping to connect them with a loving family. This week, meet Landon. He's described as a sweet boy. Landon is smart; he's in the gifted program at his school. Landon enjoys attending church and being involved in church activities. You can learn more about Landon and Heart Gallery Alabama at this website.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Country singer Jimmy Wayne has a message he's sharing across the country – thousands of children need help, and he was one of them. Years after he was taken in, Wayne has written songs and a book on the topic, and also appears at public events around the country in an effort to recruit more foster parents. Wayne says he lived a rough life, saw three murders by the time he was 8 years old, and was homeless as a teenager. Then, an older couple took him in as a foster child and turned his life around. Country singer Billy Wayne was once honored at the White House after walking halfway across America to raise awareness for foster children.
... and a new father to a fourteen-year old who thought he wouldn't have one On National Adoption Day, fourteen-year-old Troy Stallings joined the Buhn family forever. Troy was in the foster system for twelve years and believed that he would simply stay there until he turned eighteen. On November 19, 2016, there was a happy ending to his lonely journey and a new beginning with a bright future and forever family. Six months ago, Rick Buhn made the decision to expand his family by opening up his heart and home. He had already adopted one child and knew that he could provide a forever family for another disadvantaged child. Rick found Troy on the Arizona Department of Child Safety's Heart Gallery website, a site that features children in need of an adoptive family. According to both Rick and Troy, when they met, they just "knew" they were meant to be together. According to Troy, "The first time I came in to meet him, I felt like I already knew my dad."
A three-year-old foster child has become such good friends with his dog that their relationship has been immortalized in a new book. From having a bath to enjoying a coffee by the water, Buddy and his labradoodle friend Reagan do everything together. The pair from Portland, Oregon have 100,000 fans on Instagram keeping up with their adorable antics.
When asked to choose a charity to donate the nearly $1,000 raised during this year’s Homecoming Week, Brunswick High School student Daniel Williams chose an organization close to his heart. Williams, who currently holds the title of Brunswick High homecoming king, selected Heart Gallery of Georgia, an organization that advocates for children in the foster care system, as this year’s beneficiary. Balancing a hat bearing the Heart Gallery logo on top of his Homecoming crown, Williams presented the founder of Heart Gallery of Georgia with a check for $940 on Wednesday.
As it is in most parts of the country and statewide, there is a need for adoptive parents. As of last week, the area’s Children, Youth, and Families Department had 37 children in custody. However, some of those children are from outside the county and some children from Cibola County needing adoption are in other parts of the state. "As far as I've been with the office, there's never been a surplus of adoptive, or foster, parents in Cibola County," said Rebecca Sandoval, the manager of Cibola County's CYFD office. Sandoval has been with CYFD for 13-years, essentially working herself from a caseworker to office manager. "There's always a need," she added. Thus far in 2016, Sandoval's office has handled 10 adoptions. Despite the challenges in finding volunteers, Sandoval said that no matter the case, the children's safety is always a priority. Read more...
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is an organization of volunteers who are everyday people appointed by a judge to speak up for abused and neglected children in court. As one of the only husband-and-wife CASA volunteers in Navajo County, Ron and Kathy are a remarkable team who have impacted numerous children locally. In more than 10 years, they have helped more than 20 youngsters through a special working relationship with the Arizona Department of Child Safety, making a lasting impression on the children with whom they are paired. Ron and Kathy, both Tucson natives, became acquainted with CASA through friends at their hometown who were also volunteers. Ron eagerly answered a newspaper ad for CASAs in the White Mountains, but Kathy was hesitant.
Every year, RaiseAChild partners with various media organizations during November and December to bring awareness to National Adoption Month and our Parent Information Sessions. These parent information sessions are informal events where prospective foster and adoptive parents can learn more about the process and what to expect on their Path to Parenthood. Each session includes a Parent Panel - where RaiseAChild parents share their personal stories -- as well as a Partner Agency forum, showcasing select Agencies who are available to answer questions about the foster-to-adopt process.
The news isn't always good about foster parents like me. Let's be honest. There is a bad apple in every barrel in life. Those bad apples are found all over, and in every corner of society. We both know that those bad apples spoil an entire barrel. That applies to some foster parents. Perhaps you read in the news about the foster parent who abused their foster child. You might have even read in the news about the infant who died in foster care. Now, you know that our media focuses on these stories. We both know this to be true. Our media likes to shine the light on those stories that are often focused on the horrible and the shocking. You might think that all foster parents are bad people. You might think that all foster parents are in it for the money. You might think that all foster parents don’t care about the children in their homes. I am not that kind of foster parent.
The number of U.S. children in foster care is climbing after a sustained decline, but just five states account for nearly two-thirds of the recent increase. Reasons range from creation of a new child-abuse hotline to widespread outrage over the deaths of children who'd been repeatedly abused. Addictions among parents are another major factor. The most dramatic increase has been in Georgia, where the foster-care population skyrocketed from about 7,600 in September 2013 to 13,266 last month. The state is struggling to provide enough foster homes for these children and keep caseloads at a manageable level for child-protection workers. Along with Georgia, the states with big increases are Arizona, Florida, Indiana and Minnesota. According to new federal figures, the nationwide foster-care population went up from 401,213 to 427,910 between September 2013 and September 2015, and these five states accounted for 65 percent of that rise.
Live in Alaska? Spread the word! November is National Adoption Month and a time to think about successes we have had in Alaska to find homes for children who need them. During fiscal year 2016, 273 former Alaska foster children achieved permanency through adoption with forever families. I'm particularly grateful to the Heart Gallery Committee and its chair, Charity Carmody, president of Beacon Hill, for the amazing effort they invested to assist the Office of Children's Services (OCS) in this mission. The committee planned and facilitated the pre-launch party to help prepare children and youths for listing with the Heart Gallery, facilitated an event in Anchorage and implemented a beautiful website that will continue to help children find their forever homes.
"This is your day." Magistrate Heather Mollo repeated that phrase over and over as she presided over adoptions for families Wednesday during a National Adoption Month Celebration at the Bartholomew County Courthouse. On this day, in an unusual circumstance, cameras are allowed into courtrooms to document the adoption hearings -- the smiles through the tears, the hugs, the humor and the celebration of children finding forever homes, witnessed by those who helped make it happen. Some last names and even full names of adoptees changed during the court hearings to signify the formal adoption.
Our NEW Heart Gallery has arrived!! To view the 12th Annual Heart Gallery booklet click here. You can view this powerful exhibit at the State House until Monday, November 28, in the Atrium of the Department of Administration through Thursday, December 1st, then in Pawtuxet Village for the remained of December!
The Utah Adoption Exchange is like organizations in other states who aim their focus on children in the foster care system who are over the age of 9 or a part of a sibling group. There's good reason for this focus. These children, though adoptable, are less likely to find a permanent home and more likely to age out of the foster care system and be forever on their own. "All children deserve a loving family." And so, at the recent Heart Gallery Event, the professional portraits and stories of some of these children were highlighted. In the past, over 400 children have been brought to the forefront through the Utah Heart Gallery and about half have been adopted. It is hoped that the awareness this traveling gallery brings that these children are good, "normal" kids, will bring forth families who want to adopt.
"There are no unwanted children. Only unfound families," states heartgalleryalabama.com. Nearly 200 children are waiting in Alabama for their forever family to be found. "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 some place to call home. They all need a family," the site declares.
Earl Hilliard Jr. is an attorney, filmmaker and previously represented District 60 in the Alabama House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010. Janine Hunt-Hilliard is the managing member of the Hunt-Hilliard law firm. They have adopted twice from Alabama's foster care system. They believe that adoption not only enhanced the lives of their children, but their lives as well. This is one more success story to share with you during National Adoption Month!
It began with a simple idea – create an extraordinary portrait of a child currently in foster care waiting for adoption. Since the Heart Gallery of Pinellas & Pasco was created in 2006, we have helped find over 300 adoptive families for our waiting children in foster care. With the goal of finding adoptive "forever" families, the Heart Gallery is a collaborative project using inspiring portraits of children taken by passionate volunteer photographers. These beautiful portraits are displayed in digital and print exhibits around the Tampa Bay region in addition to our online gallery and social media platforms.
Howard Talenfeld receiving the Heart Gallery Child Advocate of the Year Award.
The season of Thanksgiving took on a whole new meaning for seven area families Thursday when they all took the oath, before a judge, to provide a forever home to some deserving children. "I'm very emotional," Valencia Williams, of Longview, said Thursday after 71st District Judge Brad Morin finalized the adoption of her new son, 4-year-old Levi. Levi was one of four boys adopted during the National Adoption Day ceremony, held in the 71st District Courtroom. Three girls were also adopted.
Event Type: Display/Exhibit Age Group(s): All Ages Date: 11/21/2016 Start Time: All Day Description: Adoption photos displayed by the Erie County Dept. of Social Services. For more information, contact Joanne Mogavero-Padlog at 716-858-1584. Library: Central Library
A carnival will help celebrate National Adoption Month from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Tyson Activity Center, 100 South High St. Versailles. The event will serve as an opportunity for Dearborn, Ohio, Ripley, Decatur, Jefferson and Switzerland county families to celebrate with families who have adopted children into their home. This event is free and open to the public. There will be free food and prizes for adoptive families while supplies last. The 2016 National Adoption Month will focus on the adoption of older youth currently in foster care because “We Never Outgrow the Need for Family.”
November is National Adoption Month and the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) is holding events to support and raise awareness of adoption programs for children and older youth in foster care. Jeannie Keating, DCS Assistant Deputy Director of Communications, told the Region News Team the public is invited tomorrow morning for an adoption proceeding at the Lake County Juvenile Center in Crown Point beginning at 8:30am.
The unusual visitors to the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse faced front, their eyes gleaming, their fur lustrous, their ribbons neatly tied and on full display. The teddy bears were going home. Each of the newly-adopted 19 children participating in National Adoption Day would soon come to claim a cuddly new friend and join their forever families. Representatives from the Junior League of Tampa, Eckerd Community Alternatives and the Children's Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay hosted a special music-themed ceremony called Adoption Rocks on Tuesday. Families, friends, children, caseworkers and supporters came to celebrate the finalization of the adoptions, some of which had taken years to become official.
The Heart Gallery of South Texas is an exhibit and community educational outreach initiative featuring children who are waiting for adoption. The event is Wednesday night from 6:30 - 9:00 pm at Gallery 201 on San Bernardo Avenue. It's free and open to the public This event is sponsored by Judge Beckie Palomo and Gail Rodriguez.
A number of those children are featured in the Colorado Heart Gallery, a traveling photo and video exhibit that strives to interest potential adoptive parents by giving them a glimpse into the lives and personalities of the waiting children, whose average age is 9. Founded in 2001 by a foster and adoptive parent recruiter in New Mexico, the Heart Gallery is a now-nationwide project that promotes adoption awareness by introducing potential families to the roughly 100,000 foster care children who are available for adoption in the U.S.
Chaday, born August 2000, is a delightful young lady who is respectful towards adults. She loves to perform household chores and prepare meals. She also likes to hang out with her friends and go shopping. Chaday loves color and fashion. She needs positive guidance and support to help her fulfill her dreams.
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The Illinois Heart Gallery is an innovative approach to finding loving adoptive families for children in foster care. The gallery features beautiful portraits of these children, taken by professional photographers from all across Illinois. When the gallery is displayed in person, it inspires families to see foster care adoption in a brand new light. Our team is working hard to find families for these children. Can you help us? If you would like to parent a child or children in foster care, please contact us to get started today! All of the children featured in our Heart Gallery are listed on our Waiting Children pages. Click here to view profiles. If you would like to refer a friend or family member who may be interested in parenting a child or children in foster care, please share our information with them and ask them to contact us today! Thank you for your consideration. Together, we can find families for waiting children, raise awareness of foster care adoption, and create lasting, positive change throughout Illinois. Find out more! Click this box!
In Utah, 180 children are currently waiting to find a permanent family through adoption. This Wednesday evening, the Adoption Exchange’s 12th Annual Heart Gallery will feature the portraits, stories and talents of 50 of these children awaiting adoption to generate awareness and potential opportunities to be connected to a permanent family. Over the past 12 years, 402 children have participated in Utah Heart Gallery, and more than half of the children have found a permanent family through adoption. This year, 27 professional Utah photographers donated their time to capture the personality and spirit of each child in the portraits. Over the next year, the portraits will be displayed at various locations throughout the state.
On certain Mondays of the month here at the [Ale and the] Witch we invite community members to come bartend and pour beers to raise money for a community cause/charity. Bringing the old days of the gathering place of the Publik houses (pubs) where folks gathered for conversation and cheer. On this particular Monday we are happy to host Annica and Jay Keeler who will each bartend for an hour to raise money for the Heart Gallery of Pinellas & Pasco. Founded in 2006 and located over at 500 martin Luther King street North suite 300, the local organization has helped 302 children get adopted into wonderful family omes here in our City.
This gallery is a traveling collection of portraits from photographers who volunteered their talents to highlight the sweet faces and stories of children who have entered the care of Child Protective Services. The purpose of this exhibit is to connect children who are available for adoption with loving families. While at the exhibit, prospective adoptive families can meet with families who have gone through the process, meet children who have been adopted and meet with representatives who can help them get the adoption process started. "Becoming an adoptive parent is a pretty big deal it changes your family forever and I think mostly in good ways. We've adopted a child ourselves. "These are beautiful children... My 2 year old that's adoptive is no different than my 1 year old, they're both ornery little boys and they're beautiful loving children that came to our family in different ways, and that doesn't matter," Chair of Heart Gallery, Keri Goins said.
Paul Batura set out to write a book that would be a gift to his three sons, that celebrated their adoptions and reminded everyone that the path to greatness is not charted solely by genetics. "As people of faith, we believe that God has his hand on our lives and selected a birth mom, selected an adoptive family, to have him grow up here in Colorado Springs in the community and the church that he's in," Batura said. "I wanted to celebrate everyone who came together to make this possible." Batura's new book, "Chosen for Greatness: How Adoption Changes the World," includes profiles of 16 influential figures along with stories highlighting how adoption played a critical role in their - and possibly our own - trajectories.
Heart Gallery of Alabama: Things You Didn't Know about Adoption November 13, 2016 3:00pm The Heart Gallery will host an information table on Lakefront A. 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 80 Heart Galleries across the United States designed to increase the number of adoptive families for children needing homes in our community. Now, in its fifteenth 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. Learn more about the organization and adoption by visiting the website: Heart Gallery Alabama .
The Children's Coalition in southeast Missouri met up at Klaus Park in Jackson on Sunday, Nov. 13 to raise awareness and share information on foster children and on the process of foster care. They lit 1,200 candles in honor for the foster children in Missouri as part of a candlelight vigil for Orphan Sunday. The 1,200 luminaries represent the number of children who were waiting to be adopted in Missouri at this point a year ago. Since then it has grown to roughly 1,900 children. In southeast Missouri, it has grown from 329 in August of this year to more than 400 foster children. "Orphan Sunday is really a time for us to reflect on and pray for the children in the United States and all over the world that don't have homes," Evelyn Buessink said. "Children who are waiting to be adopted, waiting to find a forever home."
Bright House Networks is running this PSA (public service announcement) through November. Please help us find forever families for older teens living in foster care. heartgallerykids.org (727)-258-4806 The mission of the Heart Gallery of Pinellas & Pasco is to increase the number of successful adoptions of local children in foster care. In addition to featuring children, we recruit and support families interested in adoption.
The annual opening of the Heart Gallery of South Texas is scheduled for Thursday, November 10 at 6pm at the Garcia Arts and Education Center at Texas A&M University. The Heart Gallery features the portraits and stories of local children in need of adoption. The purpose of the Heart Gallery project is to find stable, loving families for foster children needing permanent adoptive homes. Many of the children in the Heart Gallery are considered more difficult to place because they are older or in a sibling group. The Heart Gallery serves as a reminder that children never outgrow the need for parents. The South Texas Heart Gallery is typically on display throughout November and December. Call the Garcia Arts Center for details.
MCALLEN – The Women’s Bar Section and the Hidalgo County Bar Foundation will host the Heart Gallery. It is the grand opening of the ninth annual gallery in Hidalgo County. The event will be Thursday, Nov. 10 at the BBVA Compass on 2900 N 10th street from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Heart of the Gallery of South Texas is a non-profit organization that promotes awareness, understanding and adoption of children in the foster care program. The gallery is a photographic exhibit and community education/outreach initiative that is designed to increase the number of adoptive families. The exhibit will include 23 portraits of children and sibling groups that are available for adoption. The exhibit will be at the BBVA Compass main branch from Nov. 12-18. From Nov. 19-27 the exhibit will be at the IMAS Museum in McAllen. Afterwards, it will be located in the First Baptist Edinburg from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4 and at Texas Regional Bank in McAllen from Dec. 5-9.
Yes, nothing is more important than that children should have good parents, especially since most of the country's social problems arise from child neglect and abuse, and nothing will demonstrate this need better than putting real names and faces on it, just as illness-focused charities long have used poster children to seek support. The kids seeking adoption are getting DCF's best efforts: beautiful photos taken by volunteer professional photographers and well-written essays that tell the kids' stories, including their problems. The "Heart Gallery" can be found on the internet here: http://www.ctfosteradopt.com Foster parenting and adopting are as profound as childbearing and potentially more troublesome because of the lack of connection by blood. So only a few heroic people may respond to the "Heart Gallery." But no one with a heart who visits it will fail to be moved by it and to gain appreciation for DCF's difficult but vital work.
Right now thousands of children in Texas do not have a home. This year, Child Protective Services has had to turn offices into bedrooms to accommodate all those in need. One program is seeing success in connecting children with new parents. Workers rushed around easels, pictures and name tags at the Blanton Art Museum. For these volunteers they have to be right, it’s a first impression after all. “They need a home. They need a family. So we really want to promote foster care and adoption in our community,’ said Kori Gough, Executive Director of Partnerships for Children, who put on the yearly Heart Gallery. Thursday night the group displayed pictures of children under the care of Child Protective Services in Texas. They’re mostly teenagers and siblings, some of the hardest children to find forever families for.
Child Protective Services were making sure everything ahead of their recruitment event was perfect. "They'll know how to be a foster parent an adoptive parent how to volunteer or give donations," said Cheronda Tillman an adoption and foster recruiter. Lots of information laid out,, but none more so than what's on these easels.
Thirty-six foster children and teens within the six counties served by the Plainview Herald are now awaiting adoption, reports the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. All told, there are 420 foster children and teens across the Texas Panhandle-South Plains Region needing their forever families. November is National Adoption Awareness Month. In connection, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is hosting adoption events across the state to put the spotlight on the 6,000-plus Texas children and teens awaiting adoption.
Every child deserves to grow up with a loving family, which is why the Utah Adoption Exchange works tirelessly to find permanent homes for foster children. The Utah State Capitol hosted the 12th annual Utah Heart Gallery, which featured the portraits and stories of children looking for a permanent family. “We match them with local photographers to take a portrait-quality image of them that then we use for recruitment, but then we also have the gallery travel around the state of Utah for an entire year,” said Kathy Searle, the Director of Programs at the Utah Adoption Exchange.
As 13-year-old Jake walked into Elkhart County Magistrate Deborah Domine's court Friday he was not only surrounded by family to witness his adoption, but the faces of many other children like him who need a family. Correction — like what Jake used to be. On Friday, he was adopted by Tara and John Stahl of Elkhart. His adoption by his aunt and uncle happened to fall during National Adoption Month. Officials from the Department of Child Services were on hand with their traveling exhibit, the HEART Gallery. The gallery features photos of "special" children in Indiana who are in need of adoption. "Special" means they are older than 2 years old, the age where their chances of adoption decrease significantly; they have special physical or mental needs; or they have brothers or sisters who also need to be adopted.
There are over 100,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted. 1/5 of them never will be. Help us change these facts.
There are lots of agencies, including Heart Gallery of America, that list children who are waiting for a family. These lists are primarily intended for parents who have completed their home study and are looking for a child to adopt. In all cases, the child's primary social worker has given the listing agency permission to list the child as available for adoption. In almost all cases, you will be given a form or find instructions on how to reach that primary social worker. In most cases, the child has been determined by the courts to be legally free to be adopted, although the listing details vary in some states. If you find any legal listing of children not in our list, please let us know. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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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