I recently heard about the Heart Galleries in the United States, and decided to look into them. As I work in Social Services, this seemed like a beautiful way to match hard to place children with potential adoptive homes.

My source said that the beginning of the Heart Galleries occurred when a social worker from an adoption agency went out of her way, putting a great deal of her own money into having professional pictures taken of their hard to place children. After a long search, she at last found a gallery that was willing to work with her, and from that sprang the Heart Galleries. I was told that in just the first hour of the showing of these pictures, she found an adoptive placement for three siblings that had been waiting for a "forever home" for years.

On any given day in the United States, more than 100,000 foster children are waiting to be adopted by someone who can provide a permanent, loving home. While they wait, these children often live with foster parents, with relatives, or in group homes or institutions. Extensive recruitment efforts have been undertaken at the state and federal levels to identify homes for these children. Yet many children still wait a very long time for a new family.

The Heart Galleries are designed to raise awareness and educate the community concerning the urgent need for foster and adoptive families, especially boys and girls for whom finding "forever families" is more difficult: sibling groups, special needs, minority and older children. Professional photographers photograph foster children whose parental rights have terminated, and an exhibit is designed to recruit prospective adoptive families.

The following is a partial Internet list of Heart Gallery Chapters in the United States:

Orange County California Chapter:
http://www.heartgalleryoc.org/

New Jersey Heart Gallery
http://www.heartgallerynj.com/

Heart Galleries of Texas
http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Adoption_and_Foster_Care/About_Our_Children/heartGallery.asp

Heart Galleries Southeast
http://giftforachild.com/heart-gallery/main.php

Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay
http://www.heartgallerytampabay.org/

AdoptUsKids:
http://www.adoptuskids.org/resourceCenter/heartGallery/whatIsIt.aspx


HEART GALLERIES IN THE NEWS:

Jefferson County News Tribune, 4/27/06
http://www.newstribune.com/articles/2006/04/27/news_state/248news10.txt

The Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay, Florida has received extensive TV news coverage. View clips about the Tampa exhibit and learn what they did to make their gallery experience different.

Parade Magazine, 4/17/05
http://www.parade.com/articles/editions/2005/edition_04-17-2005/featured_2

ABC News, "Persons of the Week: Heart Gallery Photographers", 4/2/05
http://www.abcnews.go.com/WNT/PersonOfWeek/story?id=633953&page=1

CameraArts "Spreading the Message"
http://www.cameraarts.com/pdf/ca41_heart_online.pdf

New York Times, 3/21/05, by Tina Kelly
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/21/nyregion/21adopt.html

NPR, All Things Considered segment on the NJ Heart Gallery, 3/11/05
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4531391

Parade Magazine, 1/2/05
http://www.parade.com/articles/editions/2005/edition_01-02-2005/featured_0


HEART GALLERY EXHIBITS AND CONTACTS

Those who have already created or are in the process of creating Heart Galleries can provide valuable guidance and information to others wishing to start a project in their area.

Alabama
www.heartgalleryalabama.com
Michelle Bearman-Wolnek
205-567-6063

Arizona
M. Conti
Email: azheartgallery@gmail.com

Arkansas
Barbara Mulley
Interim Director
Garland County CASA
600 W. Grand Ave. Ste. 103
Hot Springs, AR 71901
501-321-9269
Fax:501-321-9021
Email: http://www.gccasa.net

California – Bay area
Serving Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, San Francisco,
San Mateo and Sonoma counties.
http://bayareaheartgallery.com
Email: info@bayareaheartgallery.com

California – Los Angeles
www.heartgalleryla.org
For information or to volunteer:
Jena Ritchie
Annabella Imagery
3017 Mineral Wells Drive
Simi Valley, CA 93063
805-583-9482
Email: jena@annabellaimagery.com

California – Orange County
See exhibit schedule at:
www.heartgalleryoc.org
Lori Smith
Email: latayn@cox.net
Marguerite Milligan
Email: Gret3@aol.com

California – Sacramento
Opening: Oct. 19 – Nov. 19, 2006
University Library Gallery
Sacramento State University
Rosemary Papa
916-832-1336
Email: info@sacheartgallery.org

California – Shasta County
http://www.adoptions.co.shasta.ca.us
Linda Vaught
Phone: (530) 225-5775
Fax: (503) 225-5884

California – San Luis Obispo County
Stacy M. Willis
Dept. of Social Services
805-781-1750
Fax: 805-781-1701
Email: swillis@co.slo.ca.us

Colorado – Denver
Valerie Jenkins
Foster Care, Adoption Recruitment & Retention Program Specialist
Division of Child Welfare Services
1575 Sherman Street, 2nd Fl.
Denver, CO 80203-1714
303-866-4306
Fax: 303-866-5563
Email: valerie.jenkins@state.co.us

Connecticut
http://www.heartgalleryct.org
Frances Satterfield
Email: frances.satterfield@po.state.ct.us
Christine Breslin
Email: breslinsweeney@sbcglobal.net

Connecticut (Southeastern)
Lisa Konicki
Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area
Chamber of Commerce
1 Chamber Way
Westerly, RI 02891
401-596-7761 or 1-800-732-7636
Email: LKonicki@westerlychamber.org

Florida – Broward and Dade County
Matthew Straeb
(954) 850-6606
Email: rmstraeb@yahoo.com

Florida – Boca/Ft Lauderdale
Kelly Korman
Email: xokelly33@hotmail.com

Florida – Gainesville
David Jakupko
352-317-6850
Email: davidjakupko@gainesville.com

Florida – The Gulf Coast
Catherine Gallagher
850-438-4869
Email: chldadvocate@yahoo.com

Florida – Jacksonville
www.heartgalleryjax.com
Carolyn Klucha
Email: cklucha@comcast.net

Florida – Miami
John Stump
Email: owner@rosebriarcafe.com

Florida – Orlando
http://www.heartgallerymetroorlando.org
Alissa Sugrim
(407) 398-7975

Florida – Palm Beach County
Frank Colavecchio
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
160 JFK Drive, Suite 201
Atlantis, FL 33462
561-641-0400
Email: granpavovo@aol.com

Florida – Pinellas County
Ann Beck
Heart Gallery of Pinellas & Pasco
727-456-0637
Email: info@heartgallerypinellaspasco.org

Florida – Sarasota
Jeremiah Guccione
President
Heart Gallery of Sarasota, Inc.
1584 Stickney Pt Rd
Sarasota, FL 34231
Email: jeremiah@heartgallerysarasota.org

Florida – Tampa Bay
www.heartgallerytampabay.org
Carolyn Eastman
Email: ceastman@childrensboard.org

Georgia
November 18, 2006
National Adoption Day Celebration
(Federal Building Atlanta)
Opening Nov 18, 2006 – February 25, 2007
Children’s Museum "Imagine It"
http://www.giftforachild.com/heartgalleries-southeast.htm
Rene Gunn /Echo Garrett/Valerie Harris
Gift for a Child, Inc.
Heart Gallery Southeast
Heart Gallery Georgia
Email: heartgalleryga@giftforachild.org

Hawaii
David Louis
Email: scarsthatcanheal@yahoo.com

Idaho
Opening November, 2006
Marty Wiser, LMSW
Boise, ID
208-571-6646
Email: wiserm@snapsinc.org

Illinois
Lynn Goffman
847-537-6635
Email: Tasy1818@juno.com

Iowa
KidSake Foster/Adopt Iowa
Crystal Thomason
800-243-0756 ext. 195
or 515-289-4649 ext. 195
www.iakids.org/heartgallery

Iowa – Eastern Area
http://www.quadcityarts.com/heartgallery/
Lori Roderick
Vice Director of Programs
309-793-1213 ext.108
Email: lroderick@quadcityarts.com

Kansas
Klicks for Kids/Heart Gallery
http://www.kcsl.org/clicks_pg1.html
Upcoming events:
http://www.kcsl.org/news_events.html
Kansas Children’s Service League
317 Houston Street, Suite A
Manhattan, KS 6650
Tina Long
785-539-3193 ext. 1702
Fax: 785-539-3340
Email: tlong@kcsl.org

Kentucky
Scarlet Sebastian
Email: scarlet_sebastian@hotmail.com

Louisiana
R. M. Kirk
Lafayette, LA
705-020-3368 or 337-269-5755
Email: rmkirk@yahoo.com

Maine
Lizabeth Harrington
1-877-505-0545

Maryland – Baltimore
Jennifer Bishop
Email: jabish@earthlink.net

Massachusetts
www.mareinc.org/heartgallery/heartgallery.htm
Corina Hopkins
Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange
617-542-3678
Email: corinah@mareinc.org

Michigan
www.miheart.org
Janice Fonger
Adoptive Family Support Network
Kirsta Grapentine
Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange

Minnesota
Julian Locke
651-222-1695 or 612-396-9308
Email: julian_e_locke@hotmail.com

Mississippi
Opening November 2006
Sara Shultz/Claudia Tilman/Rene Gunn
Gift for a Child, Inc.
Heart Gallery Southeast
Heart Gallery Mississippi
http://www.giftforachild.com/heartgalleries-southeast.htm
Email: heartgalleryms@giftforachild.org

Missouri
www.heartgallerystl.org
Dana Colcleasure
314-283-3262
Email: dana@heartgallery.org

Nebraska
Kim Clark-Kaczmarek
Recruiter
Child Saving Institute
Omaha, NE
Email: KClark-Kaczmarek@ChildSaving.org

Nevada
Sharon Feeney
The Adoption Exchange
Nevada Coordinator
1516 E. Tropicana Ave. Ste 240
Las Vegas, NV 89119
702-436-6335
Email: Sharon@adoptex.org

New Jersey
www.heartgallerynj.com
Email: info@heartgallerynj.com
PO Box 4139
Clifton, NJ 07013
Najlah Feanny
Email: najlah@heartgallerynj.com

New Mexico
http://www.heartgallerynm.org
Diane Granito
505-476-1045
Email: dianeg.granito@state.nm.us

New York
The Capital Region Heart Gallery
155 Washington Ave 3rd Floor
Albany, NY 12210
Nancy Griffin
Email: Nancy.Griffin@ocfs.state.ny.us

New York – Buffalo
http://caffawny.org/heartgallery.html
Patricia Hartman
Center for Development of Human Services (CDHS)
716-796-2081
Email: PatriciaH@bsc-cdhs.org

New York – Long Island
Marjorie Pillar
516-759-6262 or 516-759-4343
Email: ithaka26@aol.com

New York – Mid-Hudson area
Jill Stoll
Rockland County DSS
Email: jill.stoll@dfa.state.ny.us
Beth VanPelt
Orange County DSS
Goshen, NY
845-291-2813
Email: beth.vanpelt@dfa.state.ny.us

New York – NYC
http://www.heartgallerynyc.org
Laurie Sherman Graff
212-535-6002
Email: lauriesgraff@heartgallerynyc.org

New York – Rochester
Pat Burks
Children Awaiting Parents
www.childrenawaitingparents.org
888-835-8802

New York – Syracuse
Opening November 4 thru November 30, 2006
Community Folk Center
East Genesee St.
Syracuse, NY
315-442-2230
Suzanne Colligan
NY State Office of Children & Fam. Svcs.
315-423-3942
Email: gg6044@dfa.state.ny.us

North Carolina – Charlotte
Wayne & Mary St. John
704-846-9192
Email: stjohnphotography@carolina.rr.com

North Carolina – Cleveland County
http://www.chccinc.org/the_heart_gallery
Aubrey Moore
Children’s Homes of Cleveland County
704-484-2558
Email: amchcc@bellsouth.net

North Carolina – Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point
Abigail Seymour
336-681-6421
Email: abigail@seymourphotography.com

North Carolina – Wilmington
Martha B. Brown
Childrens Services Supervisor
New Hanover County DSS
1650 Greenfield Street
Wilmington, NC 28402
910-341-4717
Email: mbrown@nhcgov.com

Ohio
Denise Winkle
Adoption & Foster Care Recruitment Supervisor
Email: winkled@jfs.hamilton-co.org

Ohio – Cleveland
Emily Ford
Director of Development and External Relations
Email: Emily.ford@adoptionnetwork.org
216-881-7511 ext. 119
Holly Spencer
Heart Gallery Coordinator
Email: Holly.Spencertrueman@adoptionnetwork.org
216-325-1000 ext. 126

Ohio – Columbus
Chad Tooker
Email: ctooker@revealty.com

Oklahoma
Gay Larson
KTUL-TV
P.O. Box 8
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74101
918-445-9309
Fax: 918-445-9316
Email: glarson@ktul.com
Deborah Goodman OKDHS and SwiftAdoptions (CFS)
918-588-1735

Oregon – Portland
Rolanne Stafford
Portland, OR
503-227-2778
Email: armdev@aol.com

Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Statewide Heart Gallery
Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network
800-585-7926
www.adoptpakids.org

Pennsylvania – Philadelphia
See exhibit schedule at:
www.heartgalleryphiladelphia.org
Donna Wyche
Philadelphia Department of Human Services
215-683-6086
Email: donna.l.wyche@phila.gov

Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh
Marge Lubawy
Senior Communications Manager
Allegheny County DHS
Office of Community Relations
One Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-350-2777
Fax: 412-350-4004

Rhode Island
See exhibit schedule at:
www.heartgalleryri.org
Lisa Konicki
Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce
1 Chamber Way
Westerly, RI 02891
401-596-7761 or 1-800-732-7636
Email: LKonicki@westerlychamber.org

South Carolina
www.scheartgallery.org
Email: info@scheartgallery.org

Tennessee
Jim Cash / Elaine Cash / Rene Gunn
Gift for a Child, Inc.
http://www.giftforachild.com/heartgalleries-southeast.htm
Heart Gallery Southeast
Heart Gallery Tennessee
Email: heartgallerytn@giftforachild.org

Tennessee – Memphis
Porter-Heath Children’s Home
Email: porterleath@porter-leath.org

Texas
Ella Zamora
Texas Adoption Resource Exchange
Texas Dept of Family and Protective Services
P.O. Box 149030
Austin, TX 78714-9030
512-438-2164
Email: ella.zamora@dfps.state.tx.us

Texas – Austin
Tracy Eilers
512-301-2825

Texas – Dallas
Amy Holt
214-284-3213
Email: amyholt22@yahoo.com

Texas – East Texas
http://twsp.net/hg/
Denice Grugle
903-769-1317
Email: easttexasheartgallery@yahoo.com

Texas – Houston
Allison Bond
Houston, TX 77054
713-877-1877 or 713-516-6941
Email: alliebnd@aol.com

Texas – Rio Grande Valley
Dr. Mary Curtis
956-371-2822
Email: Mary.Curtis@utb.edu

Texas – Victoria
Cindy Tharp
361-570-0013
Email: lifephotobycindy@aol.com
De’Ana Williford
830-609-5033
Email: De’ana.Williford@dfps.state.tx.us

Utah – Salt Lake City
Rajathi Noel
Adoption Recruiter
The Adoption Exchange
801-265-0444
Email: rajathi@adoptex.org

Virginia
www.heartgalleryva.org
Hollie S. Cammarasana
Virginia Dept of Social Services
804-726-7887
Email: hollie.cammarasana@dss.virginia.gov

Washington DC
Teresa Adnan
Email: heartgallerydc@yahoo.com

Washington State
See exhibit at:
http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/heartgallery/events.html
Samantha Barker
Research and Special Projects
Aging and Disability Services Administration
P.O. Box 45600
Lacey, WA 98504-5600
360-725-2572
Fax: 360-407-0304
Email: barkesj@dshs.wa.gov

West Virginia
Kelly M. Thompson, MSW
Mission West Virginia, Inc.
One Church, One Child
Program Director
P.O. Box 1873
St. Albans, WV 25177
304-204-9898
Fax: 304-204-9896
Email: adopt@missionwv.org

Wisconsin
www.heartgallerywi.org
Erin Frederick
Children’s Service Society of WI
414-475-3019
Email: erin.frederick@cssw.org
Suzanne Dampier
West Allis, WI
Email: Sdampier@rwbaird.com


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