We adoptedOur 3 children From the heart gallery. They gave us the chance of having a family. Everyone Involved will always be a huge part of our family.
We found our son at a Heart Gallery sponsored event at Tropicana Field. He would tell you himself he didn't want to go; he was 15 and sure only younger kids get picked. His great case worker and the Pinellas Heart Gallery team hadn't given up on him, though. We will be forever grateful to people who understand hope should not be allowed to fade for kids in fostercare. We were his unfound family. We aren't anymore. Now he's our forever child and we are excited to be on the road to finalization. We love our kid!
There is no greater calling than placing children from foster care and group homes in forever homes with unconditional love, support and families to call their own.
The Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco Counties does that, or at least tries to do that, every day.
There is no greater cause.
If you've never seen the inside of a group home for children, consider yourself lucky. They are not the kinds of places anyone should live in, much less a child.
Ernesto H. 10/30/2014
Very well said, much true !
What separates the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco from others, is its relentless pursuit of helping identify adoptive families for local children in foster care. There are no unwanted children, only unfound families. While most Heart Gallery chapters focus on a traveling of profession photographs and biographies of available children, the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco's effort go much further. They have created programs for child specific recruitment, as well as pre and post adoption support groups to help drive up the numbers of sucessful, emotionally safe adoptions.
I have the pleasure of being a Board Member for this wonderful organization. My fellow Board Members are passionate about the mission, and I can not say enough about the caring loving staff. It is more than just a job for the staff. They are personally invested in the children we help and supportive of the families we bring together. They not only go out of their way to help the children and families, they are always looking at how we can bring more resources to those they serve.
I volunteer some of my time to the marvelous organization that makes a difference in many kid's lifes. Thank you Heart Gallery.
A great organization to be involved with, they do have an special team of caring and dedicated people. Helping kids find their Forever Families is what these people do everyday, and what better thing to do than that ?