The concept of a Heart Gallery was first developed in New Mexico. Currently more than 120 Heart Galleries are placed in communities throughout the United States. A Heart Gallery heightens the visibility of children in foster care awaiting families-–the ‘waiting children’—by featuring them in a traveling multi-media exhibit.
Arizona children are placed in out-of-home care due to neglect, abandonment or abuse. When the Court determines that children will not be able to safely return home, an adoptive family is sought. More than 70 percent of the children who are free for adoption are adopted by their relatives or foster parents. For the remainder of these children who have a case plan goal of adoption special recruitment efforts, including the Children's Heart Gallery, are developed to locate a forever family.