The Heart Gallery of Tennessee is a group of volunteer workers and photographers committed to drawing attention to the children and teens in the Tennessee foster care system who are available for adoption. These are kids seeking a forever family to love and support them. We showcase the children using our online gallery and exhibits throughout the community.
We are thrilled that you would be interested in volunteering with us. We are 100% volunteer operated and supported. We are in need of volunteer professional photographers throughout the state to help us at our photo shoots. We also welcome exhibit assistants and printers who will donate or discount their services for our continual printing needs.Email us about your interest
We love to share The Heart Gallery with locations all over Tennessee. Whether at a community center, mall, museum, campus, church, park, 5k, event or other, we welcome the opportunity to garner more exposure to the needs of these kids. Depending on your available space, we offer a free-standing 10’ wide exhibit or an attractive wall display.Email us for more info
The Heart Galley of Middle Tennessee is a non-profit organization. We rely on the generosity of our volunteers and donors to successfully market and promote the children and teens available for adoption in the state's custody. 100% of all funds donated go to the promotion of these valuable children. We have no paid staff.Make a donation online
The Heart Gallery of Tennessee is an art exhibit and community education/outreach initiative featuring Tennessee foster children who are available for adoption. We work together with The Department of Children’s Services of Tennessee and volunteer photographers to capture pictures of these precious kids. We then create an online gallery and traveling exhibit to share with the community. Our goal is to help get exposure for these kids and find them a forever family.
The Heart Gallery of Tennessee, founded in 2013, is the first in the state, but one of dozens throughout the country. There are over 120 different Heart Galleries in different counties and cities across America. Each with the same united purpose of helping available foster kids find a permanent home. There are nearly 400,000 children in foster care in the United States. 1/4 of those, 100,000, have had all parental rights terminated and are now eligible for adoption. View Heart Gallery of America site
The Heart Galley of Tennessee is a non-profit, 100% volunteer based organization. We rely on the generosity of our volunteers and donors to successfully market and promote the children and teens available for adoption in the state’s custody. 100% of all funds donated go to the promotion of these valuable children.
Make a donation online.
Adopting from the state is simple and often free. You must first become approved as a foster parent through the state paid training and home study process.
When their lives should just be beginning as an adult, many kids feel lost and alone without a loving family to support and encourage them.
The children shown for adoption on our site are amazing! Help us spread the word of their existence by passing on our site to a friend or associate.
Fox 17 News of Nashville, Tennessee has graciously partnered with The Heart Gallery of Tennessee to create video features of our kids available for adoption. Airing on the morning news segment each month, these features are a valuable asset to helping show a child’s unique personality to families seeking to adopt.
Donovan has fun playing and collecting tickets at Goofballs Family Fun Center.
Kal’El painted and built an impressive Lego set at Paint and Canvas in Lenox Village.
RiverGate Mall surprises sweet and shy Katie with a shopping spree.
James enjoys bowling at Franklin Family Entertainment Center.
The Aquarium Restaurant gives Amber the grand tour and a special dinner.
Daysia gets to explore her favorite country stars at The Country Music Hall of Fame.
Shawn has fun playing with the toys at Brilliant Sky Toys and Books.
Below are answers to some of the most common questions we receive. Of course if you need additional information or have a different inquiry, you can always reach us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In most cases there is little to no expense to adopt a child from the state foster care system. Because of the great need, the state covers the costs associated with adopting for qualified parents.
As a part of protecting the identity of the children shown on our site, we rarely list their ages. All kids shown are under 18 and eligible for adoption.
The information we have posted on our site has been approved by the state as acceptable to share with the pubic. Additional information about a child will only be given to candidates who have been selected to potentially adopt a child.
Before you are eligible to adopt, the state requires you to have an approved home study on file, complete the state approved foster training program and serve as a foster parent for a minimum of six months. Read a detailed explanation of the process.
When a child is removed from their home for whatever reason, the parents are given the opportunity to improve the situation and regain custody of their child. However, in some cases, when it becomes apparent that the parent in unable to provide a safe, secure home moving forward, the parent’s rights are terminated, and the state assumes custody of the child until adoptive parents can be located.
Volunteer photographers are the lifeblood of our organization. We are always seeking professional photographers. Photographers are needed throughout the state, as we hold photo shoots in various cities. Contact us to request more info.
We offer both a freestanding and wall exhibit to accommodate a variety of indoor spaces. We welcome the opportunity to exhibit in community centers, retail outlets, libraries, churches, organizations, businesses and more. Contact us to discuss your location and date considerations.
We strive to make our photo shoots fun, enjoyable times for the kids. We have been fortunate to have zoos, parks, museums and more open their doors to us, providing free admission for a photo shoot. If you work for or have a connection to an organization that would be great to host a photo shoot, please contact us to discuss the possibilities.
During our first year of operations, we were able to provide beautiful, high-end quality images to 82 kids. 17 of those kids were adopted. We processed 98 online inquires from prospective parents and educated countless more through our exhibiting and online efforts.
Yes. It is against federal law to prohibit parents from adopting a child from foster care of a different race or ethnicity. The only exception to this is the adoption of American Indian children where special considerations apply. As you work through the process with the State, the race, gender and type of child you will adopt will be a primary consideration.
100% of all funds donated are utilized to helping promote these valuable kids. Your funds will be used for setting up exhibits, display stands, materials and more that we need to purchase. Your donations help to make these expenses possible and help us exhibit in more than one location at a time.
A Foster Parent provides a temporary, safe, stable and loving home for a child(ren) and helps to facilitate their reunification with their birth parent(s) or family member when possible.
Adoptive Parents are someone providing a permanent safe, stable, and loving home for a child(ren) when it has been determined that they cannot be reunited with their birth parents or relatives.
The process of becoming a Resource Parent (which includes being a Foster and Adoptive Parent) is specifically designed to help you discover what is right for you and your family. The classes and family assessments are conducted by social workers that will work with you in determining the types of child(ren) you can best parent.
From the time you begin the process it can take 8-12 months depending on the circumstances. In some instances families are able to become Foster Parents within a short time for a child they are hoping to adopt. Although circumstances differ, the State works diligently to place all children as quickly as possible.
Your social worker will prepare, train, and support you through this process and provide you with any community resources that you might need. If you choose to adopt a child, post adoptive services are available to all adoptive families.
Children seeking adoption are no different than children with families; they only lack the love and support offered by caring, loving parents. Their ages range from birth to 18 although most are over 6 years old. About one-fifth of the children waiting to be adopted are teenagers, many of whom are part of sibling groups that include younger children.
All the kids featured below are eligible for adoption through the state of Tennessee’s foster care system.
We had a great time jumping and talking with Alicia as she was interviewed by Erin Como of Fox 17 News at the new Jumpstreet, indoor trampoline park in Franklin, TN.
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or call 954.319.0434 to speak with Heart Gallery of Tennessee founder, Jami Thornsberry.