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Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco

The Heart Gallery connects children in foster care with their forever families through adoption. In addition to featuring children, we recruit and support families interested in adoption.

Heart Gallery

The Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco is a program of Gulf Coast JFCS that connects children in foster care with their forever families through adoption. In addition to featuring children, we recruit and support families interested in adoption.

Since the Heart Gallery of Pinellas & Pasco was created in 2006, we have helped find nearly 400 adoptive families for our waiting children.

Adoption Bear Hugs – National Adoption Month

Now through the end of November, join the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco in celebrating adoption from foster care with #AdoptionBearHugs,

With your $100 donation, you can uplift the lives of the hardest to place children currently in foster care.

WHAT WE DO

How it Started

In 2001, a professional photographer and an adoption recruiter in New Mexico created the concept of using inspiring portraits of older children and sibling groups who were waiting for adoption.

Appropriately named “The Heart Gallery,” the model spread and it became clear that a national organization was needed to pool resources, share best practices, seek grants, create corporate partnerships and provide ongoing support to areas without a Heart Gallery presence.

Since the Heart Gallery of Pinellas & Pasco was created in 2006, we have helped find more than 400 adoptive families for our waiting children.

How it works

Local Adoption Case Managers send referrals to the Heart Gallery to help find families interested in state-sponsored adoption. We work with local professional photographers who donate their time and talent to take beautiful portraits of the children. Those photos are displayed throughout galleries in the community, on our website and on social media so potential adoptive parents can find them. When a potential parent–an individual or couple–sees a child they are interested in, they submit an inquiry using the “inquire about this child” button.

After an inquiry has been submitted, we are here to answer questions, offer links to resources and provide post-adoption support. Please understand that we cannot provide more information about the children than you see here. If you are a potential match, you will be contacted by the Adoption Case Manager. Good luck on your adoption journey!

ADOPTION PROCESS & RESOURCES

Bear with Heart Gallery staff

The first step on your adoption journey is learning about what exactly the journey entails. Adoption is a unique way to build your family while changing children’s lives and enriching your own. While becoming a family is the biggest benefit, the State of Florida has many more to offer.

Life Made Possible By Adoption

 Our Adoption Journey Is Just The Beginning
-Richard and Angela Lowes

We started our adoption journey three years ago, in 2017.  After working with an adoption specialist who pointed out a pair of siblings on the Pinellas & Pasco Heart Gallery site, we met them and were very excited to move forward as a potential match.  Unfortunately, after we met the boys, the foster parents changed their minds and decided they wanted to adopt the boys. We were crushed but believed our kids were still out there waiting for us. 

Months later and after another failed match, we finally met our kiddos. We met our children in August of 2020 and, when we got in the car after the visit, we looked at each other and knew we were going to adopt these children.

We began our visits in September 2020 and the children moved in with us on December 28, 2020. The year and a half between meeting our kids and leading up to our becoming a family was a crazy road including the birth of a biological sibling, but on July 15, 2022, our family became complete when we finalized the adoption of our four children. It is the day we have been waiting for three years!