Sponsor a Child's Portrait for a Year

The premise of the Heart Gallery is very simple. It is a stunning professional photography exhibit of children/youth in foster care in need of adoptive families or permanent lifelong relationships. These photos are displayed in various venues where all walks of life will view the precious faces of the children wanting forever families. Past and present venues include 5th Street Public Market, Gateway Mall, Eugene Public Library, Springfield City Hall, Framin' Artworks, Of Grape and Grain, Valley River Center and numerous local churches. Along with the photos will be a bio sheet describing a bit about the child, and some portraits may have a voice recording of the children. It is our hope to have people search within themselves to see if they can make a difference in a child's life, as well as educating the community about the many children that are in need of families.

The Heart Gallery organization is made up of volunteers in our community who are devoting their time, energy and resources for the love of children. All Heart Gallery expenses are donations, sponsorships or gifts from businesses or individuals who care, and our staff consists solely of dedicated volunteers hoping to make a difference!

Our first Heart Gallery opened November 9th 2006 at 5th Street Public Market. We had about 300 people in attendance; there was hardly a dry eye in the crowd, as the speakers and the portraits were so very powerful. Once again, we will open in early November with a VIP reception acknowledging sponsors, contributors, families, children and all who have made the Heart Gallery the success that it has become. We will continue to travel throughout the community at various venues through the year and beyond!


This year we are hoping for 50-60 "Forever Family" kids, depending on how many we will be able to photograph. Since the mission of the Heart Gallery is to get these children into forever families/relationships, the sponsors' contributions will be allocated to the same goal. The funds will be used for a variety of needs, all of which contribute to the successful placement of waiting children. A plaque will be placed on the photo with the sponsor's and photographer's names. Lane County Heart Gallery is sponsored by A Family For Every Child, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization so your financial support is tax-deductible as permitted by the law.

Andrea Rippee

Portrait Sponsor  Portrait Sponsor