Heart Gallery Houston is an art exhibit and community education/outreach initiative featuring children who are waiting for adoption. We work to find forever families for children through direct recruitment opportunities and education of foster and adoptive families. At the core of this outreach is simply a picture. But there is nothing simple about it; our volunteer photographers truly capture a child’s spirit in every shot. These pictures speak louder than words, they say, “I’m here and I am special.”
Growing up in the Texas foster care system is a reality for thousands of children. In DFPS Region 6, more than 5,600 children are in care with a disproportionate number of them being children of color. While the system is comprised of children of every age, ranging from newborn to 17 years and all ethnicities, Hispanic children face similar disparities, as they are two times more likely to get removed. A majority of children featured in our gallery are often older children, sibling groups and children with special needs – often referred to as forgotten children – who are in particular need of finding forever families.
Heart Gallery Houston is just one of four programs provided by BEAR…A Resource for CPS Kids, a non-profit organization that works to provide hope and help to abused, neglected and at risk children. With BEAR’s public/private partnership, children can receive comfort and resources through four core programs, including: BEAR Necessities, BEAR Back to School, BEARing Gifts, and Heart Gallery Houston.