The solution to adult problems tomorrow depends on how our
children grow up today!
The Heart Gallery is a portrait exhibit displayed to raise awareness of the needs of foster children. Foster children waiting and hoping for their own adoptive family to love and protect them. Professional photographers volunteer to take compelling portraits and these beautifully framed and matted portraits get displayed along with the children's biographies in various venues that will touch your heart. Pictures in the Heart Gallery help you to appreciate these children!
A Family For Every Child (AFFEC) is a Heart Gallery. Heart Galleries, which participate in an umbrella organization, Heart Gallery of America, are all independent non-profit organizations, though some are started by and maintained by state workers throughout the country. AFFEC operates Heart Galleries throughout Oregon and Washington and the Pacific Northwest, both as photo displays and on the internet. AFFEC has also taken a pro-active role in the State of Washington, displaying Washington children for adoption and snagging www.washingtonheartgallery.org for listing Washington children (the Washington kids are listed here). We have had contact with social workers in Alaska, Idaho, and Montana who would like to photo-list children for adoption in those states as well, which we are pursuing as fast as we have resources to expand.
In June 2011, the Heart Gallery of New Mexico, one of the first Heart Galleries, celebrated ten years of producing stirring portraits of children waiting for adoption.
If you have time, you are invited to visit one of our current venues. Many venues have better quality photos than can be displayed on the internet. Our websites also display web-quality photos of the children. Our web sites are a work-in-progress, and are constantly updated as we learn the status of children who are available for adoption. The sites are being combined, but at the present time, link between themselves. Feel welcome to browse around; they are replete with information on foster care, adoption, and post-adoption support.
In the State of Oregon, AFFEC began as the Lane County Heart Gallery, which grew beyond our wildest expectations, and renamed itself A Family For Every Child Heart Gallery. The Oregon Heart Gallery is a separate heart gallery, primarily in the Portland area.