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Professional Portraits Taken Nationwide

Knowing how important a good photo is to recruitment, AFFEC is now offering free, professional photos for child bulletins. We are committed to a fast photography process and promise to begin coordinating the photo session upon receiving the photo request. We have a large list of Oregon photographers but have increased our photography volunteers to spread throughout each state. We provide this service nationally. As soon as we receive the .jpg images from the photographer we will email them to the caseworker for their use and then will continue with the recruitment process as the referral form specifies. Ready to refer a child? Please fill out the referral form, and we'll reach out to you as soon as we can.

Heart Galleries

The Heart Gallery exhibits portraits of current foster children to raise awareness of the needs of waiting children. Professional photographers volunteer to take compelling portraits showcased in the Heart Galleries, which are then displayed in high-traffic areas across Lane County alongside the child's bio and a link to their listing. These beautifully framed and matted portraits then get displayed along with the children’s biographies in various venues. On average, we receive over 50 inquiries per week about these children. DHS foster/adoption orientation class size, adoption inquiries, and general applicants to DHS have more than doubled since the inception of the Heart Gallery. For more information about the Heart Gallery, please click here.

How To Prepare Your Child For A Photo Session

  1. Does your child understand that you are searching for their forever family?
  2. Discuss the purpose of the Heart Gallery.
  3. Show the child examples of other children's photographs and bios.
  4. Talk about what the child likes and dislikes about various recruitment methods.
  5. Are there specific areas your child does not want to see their photos?
  6. If age appropriate, allow your child to give input into what is said in their bio and allow them to choose their favorite photos.

Child Biographies

When a child's photo is displayed at a local Heart Gallery, it is accompanied with a brief biography of the child. If you do not include a brief biography alongside your submission, one will be provided for you by AFFEC.

When writing a biography, please try to limit the character count to a maximum of 700 characters. A child's biography should highlight their personality, favorite hobbies, plans for the future, hopes and dreams, and what type of household would be best suited for them. Here are a list of sample questions that can help form a child's biography:

  • What are your favorite subjects in school?
  • What activities do you enjoy?
  • What does your dream day look like?
  • What makes you laugh?
  • What do you like most about yourself?
  • What is your dream job?
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • What is your favorite time of year? 

Heart Gallery Locations

The Heart Gallery is only able to exist thanks to the generosity of our amazing community donors, sponsors, and partners. We are proud to offer Heart Galleries at over 20 locations across Lane County. Learn more about hosting a Heart Gallery at your business here,  and stay tuned for a full list of Heart Gallery Locations.

Heart Gallery

What is the Heart Gallery?

A Family For Every Child's Heart Gallery Program displays a rotating group of photos from current, waiting foster children at prominent, public locations throughout Lane County.

A child's photo is often the leading factor in a prospective family choosing to adopt a child. However, the majority of photos taken of foster children are taken in a caseworker's office. The Heart Gallery features photos of kids in settings beyond the walls of an office or school: playing outside, having fun, and being kids.

By featuring the photos of these adoptable foster children, we are able to not only provide additional recruitment options and advertising for the kids themselves, but give a face and name to a much larger systemic issue in our nation's foster system. 

A Family For Every Child has over 20 active Heart  Gallery displays across Lane County at any given time. The Heart Gallery is a grassroots project that requires the support of the community to thrive. We are honored to partner with dozens of local businesses to bring awareness to the plight of America's forgotten foster children.

Interested in featuring a Heart Gallery at your local business? Contact us at info@afamilyforeverychild.org to learn more!

“I love the Heart Gallery. When I worked at Market Of Choice they had pictures there. One day this little girl was sitting on her dad’s shoulders and he pointed to the photos and said, “Your picture used to be right there – I had told you I found you in a grocery store.” And the girl started laughing and smiled at the wall. That about broke my heart in a happy way, I almost cried. That’s why I love the Heart Gallery.”  –Community Member

If you are a case worker wanting to exhibit a professional photo of a child in a heart gallery please fill out our referral form.

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