When Arizona Children placed in out-of-home care are not able to safetly return home due to neglect, abandonment, or abuse, an adoptive family is sought.
The Heart Gallery heightens the visibility of some of the state's most vulnerable boys and girls by using the power of photography to capture their unique spirits and stories. The profiles featured here on the website are also displayed in exhibits in churches, airports and malls, all with the purpose of connecting these children with forever families.
“For someone who’s interested in volunteering, I would invite them to come down and experience it one time.”
“They are the kings and queens of the day. Their styles and needs are customized to them the entire day that they’re here, which is very important.”
“They’re so special, and they didn’t ask to be in this position.”
“You realize that if a kid gets a good picture and you have a good conversation with them, they’re more likely to get adopted than if they wouldn’t show up here. That’s a pretty big difference, you’re making a huge difference.”
Awaiting a Forever Home
More than 70 percent of the children who are free for adoption are adopted by their relatives or foster parents. For the remainder, special recruitment efforts like the Heart Gallery are used to connect them with a forever family.
The children featured in the Heart Gallery represent all ethnic groups and range from toddlers to teenagers. Some have special behavioral or medical needs, some are without siblings, and others are in groups of siblings.