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Heart Gallery

Heart Gallery Displays

Heart Gallery Events

Heart Gallery in Brooklyn (July 2009)

Bronx Borough President Proclaims Heart Gallery NYC Day (April 2009 )

Launch Event in 2007

Heart Gallery, New York City, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about children who are living in foster care and encouraging New Yorkers to open their hearts and homes through adoption.

Photographers involved in the Heart Gallery project volunteer their talents by taking portraits that help capture the individuality and spirit of each child in foster care. The photographs are then displayed in traveling gallery exhibits and on the Internet. ACS works with the Heart Gallery to exhibit these photos throughout the five boroughs.

For more on the Heart Gallery NYC, please visit www.heartgallerynyc.org or contact Parent Recruitment hotline at (212) 676-WISH (9474)

Mission

The mission of Heart Gallery, New York City is to enable children living in foster care in our communities to realize their dream of finding permanent, loving adoptive families to call their own, and to raise awareness and educate the public about the hundreds of children who desperately need and deserve the shelter and love of forever homes.

Currently, there are nearly 17,000 children living in foster care in New York City – nearly 400 are in desperate need of a nurturing, caring family. Some have special needs or are considered difficult to place because they are older or in sibling groups. Many have experienced abuse or neglect. All have one thing in common: They want a permanent home, a loving family and, above all, to be loved.

Heart Gallery, New York City wants to make a permanent difference in these children’s lives by offering them a second chance for a new life and a new future. Help us help make a child’s dream come true.

Background

Heart Gallery - View Behind the scenes picturesHeart Gallery, NYC, Inc. is a unique, not-for-profit organization that combines the artistic talents of notable photographers with the humanity of children in need of families and a place to call home. The project is dedicated to raising awareness about children who are living in foster care and encourages New Yorkers and others across the country to make a difference in the life of a child.

Photographers involved in the Heart Gallery project volunteer their talents by shooting portraits that help capture the spirit and individuality of each child in foster care. The pictures are then displayed in traveling gallery exhibits and via the Web, in the hope that prospective parents will be moved to open their hearts and homes through adoption.

The Heart Gallery was originally founded in New Mexico in 2001 by Diane Granito, a Foster and Adoptive Parent Recruitment Coordinator for the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. What began as a local adoption program in New Mexico has now spread to more than 50 cities across the United States. Heart Galleries have opened or are planning to open in Washington, Florida, Connecticut, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, Texas, Massachusetts, New York and several other states.

Over the last five years, more than 200 children and youths have been adopted as a direct result of Heart Gallery exhibits. In Connecticut, homes were found for 19 children after the first exhibit of 40 photographs was featured in a November 2003 supplement of the Hartford Courant. Ten children featured in the Tampa, Florida, Heart Gallery have finalized adoptions. Numerous other success stories have been documented – and others will follow as the Heart Gallery movement continues to sweep our nation. 





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