Each day, 850 children in Central Texas wait for a family and a place to call home. On average, they will move seven different times before leaving foster care.
The Heart Gallery was created to change this, to give these children a chance to have a family and a life of stability and love. The Heart Gallery is an outreach initiative to raise awareness for the incredible children in our community who are waiting to be adopted. Many of them are older, are sibling groups, or have special needs. They’re often referred to as forgotten children.
Texas photographers shine a light on these children by taking portraits of them, bringing to life their beautiful personalities in ways that words cannot. These portraits are then exhibited around Central Texas to bring attention to those in need of loving homes.
Thankfully, this program has been incredibly successful. Nationwide, the chance of these harder-to-place children finding a forever family was less than 1% a few years ago.
Today, in Central Texas, that number has surpassed 60% — and continues to grow.
If adoption is an option for you, please visit our Heart Gallery website and learn more about the beautiful children in our community in need of a loving home.
As part of our recruitment and awareness efforts, Partnerships for Children collaborates with CBS Austin for weekly Forever Families Segments. CBS Austin’s Lindsay Liepman gives viewers a glimpse into the eyes of a child in foster care waiting to find a family of their own. These segments air each Wednesday evening during the 6:30PM news. Forever Families segments are critical in raising awareness about the children waiting for families, capturing hearts and educating our community about foster care and adoption. We are grateful to have such a wonderful partnership with CBS Austin to bring these beautiful children to light!
HOST HEART GALLERY PORTRAITS
You can help a child find a forever home by building community awareness of him or her. If you’re part of a business where artwork is on display (like a doctor’s office, hospital, restaurant, or store), hosting some of these children’s portraits can greatly increase their chances of being adopted.