|"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|
Visitors to the 2017 Kentucky State Fair can help children in foster care by donating a new duffle bag or backpack at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) exhibit.
Learn more about becoming a Therapeutic Foster Parent! Oklahoma's kids need YOU today! Learn more by contacting Bair's #Tulsa office: Elizabeth Williams at 918-298-5059
This display is in the central library. Heart Gallery portraits on display to promote adoption awareness. Presented by the Erie County Department of Social Services. All day, each day of the exhibit.
Curious about foster parenting? This 1 hour information meeting will introduce you to the program and answer your questions. If you decide to foster, you will be just in time to join our next round of classes which begin on Saturday, Aug. 29th
Local faith-based and social service agencies have teamed to host Lompoc Cares, a two-part informational event for prospective foster and adoptive families.
Pathway Family Services, Our County. Our Kids. team up to host two informational events for prospective resource families.
Proceeds from the fourth annual Jordan Rahn Forever Young Run, Planned Aug. 26 in memory of their son, will be to be used to benefit local children in foster care, including Foster Hope which they founded.
Join other adoptive foster and kinship parents for support, training, and encouragement as we learn how to better relate to our children and bring healing.
The focus of “Fostering Hope Texas” is to provide opportunities of education, support, encouragement, and empowerment, to families seeking to engage and succeed in caring for our community’s orphans. Breakout Sessions: • What Volunteer Opportunities exist within the foster care community • How can our Church develop a Foster Care Ministry • The truth surrounding foster care, “Aging out” and Sex Trafficking • The Need and Process to become a licensed foster/adoptive parent • Understanding Temporary Care vs. Respite Care Licensing (Babysitting, Overnight, 72 hrs. +)
When a single child is adopted, it's cause for celebration. When a sibling set of THREE finds their forever home? Words cannot begin to describe the excitement. This family learned about their adopted children at a Heart Gallery event last September. Before the website even went live, they had begun the process of adoption with these children.
Hello! First, we thank each of you. Our mission is to advocate, recruit, educate, and support the children in the Louisiana foster care system who are available for adoption. We believe every child deserves a loving family to call their own. Louisiana Heart Gallery, at this time, is comprised of 5 amazing and dedicated volunteer Regional Directors: Andria Fontenot - Alexandria, Hillary Bordelon - Lafayette, Tony and Melanie Streetman - Shreveport, Jade Smith - Lake Charles, and Aimee Poche - Baton Rouge.
Roughly 4,000 children in Arizona are waiting for adoption, including 87 in Mohave County, said Darren DaRonco, public information officer for the Arizona Department of Child Safety.
Children's Home Society of Virginia is now offering post-adoptive services in the Fredericksburg area. These services include KidsClub—an occasional one-day program for adopted and pre-adoptive kids—parent-coaching for the immediate pre- and post-adoptive period, and family support for specific issues—whenever and for however long the family wants it.
It's not the typical birthday wish for an eight-year-old girl. Aubrey is turning nine in two weeks and at the top of her birthday wish list is finding a forever home. In this Adopt 8 video report, News 8’s Marcella Lee introduces us to this fun-loving girl, who has a personality that can light up a room. If you are interested in adopting or becoming a foster family, please call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U. News 8 would like to thank local photographer Ron Manahan for volunteering his time to take the Heart Gallery portraits you saw in this video.
CBS Austin’s new “Forever Families” franchise aims to connect Central Texas children in foster care with adoptive parents.
Connections for Kids Clinic is a partnership with Denver Health and the child welfare department... The 5-year-old had a two-hour meltdown before he came to the pediatrician, where he sat in an exam room mad-faced, arms crossed in front of his kid-sized paper gown. The reason he was so ornery had little to do with having a checkup, and everything to do with recently moving in with foster parents. Dr. Lora Melnicoe, who sees about 10 foster children and teens each day at the Connections for Kids Clinic, knew the boy felt powerless, like his life was out of control. So she put him in charge of some decisions: For one, did he want her to listen to his breathing and look in his ears in the room with his baby sister or behind a privacy curtain?
The Mississippi College School of Law and the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services worked together with Judge Singletary to turn this ceremony into a celebration for almost 20 children.
Aidan, 8, is a very intelligent little boy. He makes A’s and B’s in school and he has been tested in the “superior range of intelligence”. Aidan is an energetic, outgoing child, who enjoys playing inside and outside. Austin, aka “Bubby”, 3, has a twin sister. Aubrie, 3, is a very active little girl, who enjoys playing inside or outside. Aidan, Austin & Aubrie deserve a “forever family” that will be committed to them and love them unconditionally.
He's a standout on the football field but this week's "Forever Families" child really wants a shot at finding an adoptive family. "Do you want to be an NFL player?" we asked Kimeon, "Yes!" he replied. You'll want to remember his name because 10-year-old Kimeon could be the next star athlete.
Nearly 29,000 children are in foster care in the state of Texas, according to adoptuskids.org. Pathways Youth and Family Services is a licensed child placing agency that is committed to trying to decrease that number. Catherine Earley is the North Texas Regional Director for Pathways. She said the first thing is understanding how trauma affects behavior. "Trauma-informed care is really an approach to teaching families about how to work with children who have been through difficult situations," Earley said. Children coming from hard places are going to have some behaviors or some fears like as anybody would.
On July 10th, excitement swirled at the Florida International University’s Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. Twelve youngsters were there for two reasons; one being to enjoy the exhibits at the new museum but more importantly, they were there to have their hopes and dreams captures on video. What did they hope and dream about? A stable and loving family to call their own. The twelve children were being featured in videos for The Children’s Trust Miami Heart Gallery. T
“We believe that children are the most important people in a child welfare case and that they deserve to have an attorney to protect and advance their interests, to help them understand the judicial process and feel empowered,” she said. “The government has a lawyer, the person accused of abuse has a lawyer, but the kid didn’t have a lawyer before we started this program. We’ve changed that.”
By adopting from foster care, I became the mother I had needed and rewrote my own story. I got to have a childhood all over again, the right one, filled with cuddles and perseverance, safety and love. If there is such a thing as a cycle of abuse, I broke it over the wheel of my own desire.
Nine Horry County families are feeling whole today after their pending adoption cases were finalized as part of South Carolina’s “Adoption Day.” Chief Justice Donald Beatty scheduled special terms of court in an effort to finalize 27 adoption cases. The remaining 18 cases were heard in Sumter County.
Both DCFS and Welcome House have received funding and grant money to implement programs to assist both young adults with IDD who are victims of violent crime and LGBTQ youth in the foster care program, as well as their caregivers.
Below are steps to start a Covenants for Kids (C4K) Driving Program in your area to drive children who are living in foster care to church. Because C4K requires minimal commitment, this entry level program is a great way to learn more about foster care and adoption.
KSL is hosting its annual Wednesday’s Child telethon to help Utah kids in foster care find a permanent home.
Armani, born May 2000, is current high schooler who enjoys many different activities. These include athletic sports such as basketball and football. In his leisure, he enjoys going to the park, playing video games, singing and listening to music. His ideal day would include meeting his favorite football players,
Because of the lack of Muslim foster families, Muslim children in the system often end up in non-Muslim homes.
Of the 15 foster children Cyndi and Jesse have taken in over the last decade, 13 were there because one or both of their birth parents struggled with drug addiction.
There are many children in Alabama who want nothing more than a loving home. They are in the foster care system. We've partnered with Heart Gallery Alabama to share their stories in hopes of finding them a forever family. Daniel is one of those children. He's 8 years old. He loves to play with Legos and board games. We are told Daniel can be very helpful around the house and loves praise.
Las Vegas, NV - Adopting a child takes resources, planning, and lots of love. So imagine the challenge one local family is experiencing with their adoptive family of nine!...plus two natural children! Dave Courvoisier reveals the secret to their adoption success. In this household, everybody's a star on stage at one time or another. We asked for this family shot so everyone could tell us their name and age... But in the end I had to have 'em write it down for me anyway. Most of them were local foster children, but one comes from Ethiopia, and another from the Caribbean. If you ask dad he'll give you the complete rundown.
The overwhelming majority of children in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist County who enter foster care have to leave the Tri-County area.
The CALL in Van Buren County is an affiliate of The CALL in Arkansas, celebrating their 10th Anniversary in 2017. Along with the celebration of the 10 year anniversary, the state office introduced the new logo! In the past 10 years, The CALL has helped open over 1,161 foster homes and 369 adoption homes. Over 501 children have been adopted by families supported by The CALL.
MARE sponsors regular events called Meet & Greets, where individuals who have been approved to adopt come and meet youth who are available for adoption. The kids and families spend a fun day together eating pizza, playing games, and getting to know about each other firsthand.
The next session in Lafayette will take place on Aug. 28.
Jessie says he hasn’t seen his foster mom Melinda McGuire in over 20 years. Today, he saw her when people in Richmond are celebrating the importance of foster families.
An event in Luzerne County aimed to break down barriers between police and children in the foster care system. Pennsylvania State Police out of Hazleton teamed up with the nonprofit organization, "Brandon's Forever Home" to host the "Go Blue" cookout in Drums Saturday.
Like many parents, Clint and Bryan (who live in a four-bedroom house in suburban Farmington, Michigan) traded in some of the freedom afforded by childless living for the boundless joy of parenting. What sets their family apart is scale: the couple’s family has grown to 10 adopted children and three foster kids.
I authored AB 1006 because I believe every child should be given the opportunity to succeed. My bill will improve foster youth placement programs that are proven to help families and children adjust through the toughest times.
Close to 300 children in Colorado are waiting to be adopted, many of whom are featured in the Colorado Heart Gallery, according to Colorado human services statistics. The gallery was displayed recently at a fundraiser and foster care fair hosted by Foster Source in the 99000 block of Richfield Street in Commerce City. The traveling exhibit features pictures of Colorado children who are waiting to be adopted.
A Florida couple looking to adopt a son instead adopted two when they decided to keep the 8-year-old with his 11-year-old brother, who has cerebral palsy.
Thousands of Northeast Florida kids are looking for their forever homes even as adoption rates continue to slip.
According to the survey, nearly 80 percent of individuals looking to adopt for the first time would consider adopting a child in foster care, a 7 percent increase since 2012.
If you have questions about adoption or foster care, Montgomery County Children Services holds a monthly informational meeting at the Haines Children's Center, 3304 N. Main St. Dayton.
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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