How to Start a Heart Gallery

Cooperation

  • Recruit social workers to help you choose children for the project. Not all children are comfortable participating in the Heart Gallery.
  • Recognize team members’ best skills. If one member is good at networking and another at editing, assign tasks accordingly.
  • Reach out for help from within the local community.
  • Recommend that foster parents and social workers will help prepare children for, and support them during, the project.
  • Request the input of others; it makes them feel more involved and invested, and may help you do your job better. Ask others for contacts and referrals.
  • Rally those involved! Keep everyone informed on the progress and outcome of the event.

Contributions

  • Locate your exhibit venue by promoting the public relations benefits of the exhibit (the venue is named in ads and media coverage). The venue does not have to be a gallery. All you need is ample and attractive space, easy access, and plenty of parking.
  • Lead your request with your most professional or captivating portraits. They inspire people to donate and can be scanned for use in press releases, print ads, and other materials.
  • Link with prospective donors via a faxed request, phone call, or personal visit and be specific about what you’re requesting.
  • Laud sponsors in writing and at the event.

Coverage

  • Take time to locate a media guide that lists your state’s press contacts.
  • Tailor your request to each media source. A good “hook” is an interview with someone who has/was adopted, or is otherwise sympathetic to child welfare issues. Establish contact early so you have time to build interest.
  • Target several children who can serve as “spokeskids.” They should be able to interact with reporters and photojournalists and speak briefly at the event.
  • Think national and local. One can often lead to the other.
  • Tell radio stations and television stations about the event. Some may give you free time to talk, especially if you purchase some advertising spots and show producers the portraits’ artistic and human appeal.

Celebrities

  • Go through proper channels. Call the Screen Actors Guild at 323-954-1600 for contact information (agents, managers, etc.). Celebrities who live in the area near the event are most likely to attend.
  • Gather celebrities who have a reputation for being involved with nonprofit organizations or who have a connection with children’s issues, especially adoption or foster care.
  • Generate a request letter to tell the contact about your organization, the purpose of the event, and exactly what will be asked of the celebrity. Fax the letter to the celebrity contact.
  • Grant the celebrity permission to speak or perform. Plan for adequate space and refreshments to accommodate your expected audience. Although including a celebrity involves more work, it can increase your event’s visibility in the eyes of the public and the press.

Sample print material (Acrobat PDF format)

If you have further questions about starting a Heart Gallery please see contacts listed from other states.

Featured Heart Gallery

While out doing your shopping stop by the food court and take a look at our Heart Gallery! Just click the QR code located on each child’s biography to learn more about each child’s personality and interests. You may be the perfect match!

Heart Gallery
Heart Gallery

FAQ For Social Workers

FAQ For Families

Social Worker Testimonials

Professional Photography

Professional Photography and Videography

A Family For Every Child will arrange for professional photographers to take pictures of your children in order to use them for recruitment purposes. Typically, recent, nice and professional pictures that show the child doing a hobby or activity they love get the best responses from potential adoptive families.

Photo Set
Teen Girl

Who Can Have Their Picture Taken?

With permission from their caseworker, any child in the foster care system can ask our agency to schedule a professional photo-shoot, close to there location.

What Else Can we do with these Photos?

A Family For Every Child is more than willing to share these professional images with workers or any other recruitment efforts outside of our program.

What if I Want My Child to have a Video?

We can arrange for videographers to create a video of the child to be used for our recruitment purposes. Families gravitate more towards the children that have videos, as they are allowed to see a glimpse of the child in their real life.

Student Photo

Where Will These Pictures be Placed?

These pictures can be used in our Heart Gallery, on our website and in our matching events.

Boy at Pier Photo
Casual Photo
Casual Photo
Nature Photo Shoot

Donate to LifeBooks

While the donations of scrapbooking supplies has been enormous and we can never say “Thank you” enough.  We are in need of all the great supplies to make LifeBook pages.

Can you help?  Do you have any unused stickers, adhesives, or alphabet letters you no longer want or need, consider making a donation for this heart warming project. You can drop them off at AFFEC Offices or give us a call and we can help get them into the right hands.

You may want to consider making a cash donation to help us purchase the supplies we need at this time. For only $25 we will be able to purchase page protectors and adhesives to complete a LifeBook and present it to a Child.

PLEASE SPECIFY ON CASH DONATIONS THAT IT IS DESIGNATED FOR LIFE & WELCOME BOOKS

Donate to Lifebooks

Contact :

Sandra Estep
Lifebook Co-Coordinator
541-517-3647 (call or text)
Lifebook@afamilyforeverychild.org
Gail Van Gundy
Lifebook Co-Coordinator
541-525-3500 (call or text)
Lifebook@afamilyforeverychild.org

Volunteer for Lifebook

Family Matching Events