Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Because All Children Deserve a Family

There are nearly 500,000 children in foster care in the United States. 

Over 250,000 will never return home.

Over 123,000 need adoptive homes right now.

More than 29,000 aged out of foster care in 2008, at age 18 without anyone, to live on their own, unprepared and unsupported.

In Montgomery County alone, there are over 300 children age 8-12 in foster care that are currently eligible to be adopted.  

Maybe you're past the point in your life of raising babies or toddlers.  

Maybe you've got some kiddos at home that keep asking for a sibling. 

Maybe you've got kids in college and some empty bedrooms in your house and  extra time on your hands? 

Maybe you should go check out the Heart Gallery

Eight years ago, this organization was formed to help give a voice and face to the thousands of children hoping to find a family.  The Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic and audio exhibit created to find forever families for children in foster care.  

These are children that have not been given a choice in their circumstances. They are not in foster care because they were disobedient or unstable. This is not their fault. 

They long to have what most of us take for granted.  A family.   

They are children. They have the same hopes and dreams as the ones who live in your house.   They play sports.  They sing and paint. They laugh and giggle.  And they don't have anyone to fight for them.  

Currently, the Alabama law on adoption is keeping this from being an option for us, as you need to be married for three years.  But after looking at the Heart Gallery tonight, I've been trying to figure out ways to get around that pesky little law.  

No matter where you live, I urge you to go to Heart Gallery and take a look at the kids in your state.  And tell your friends.  This is a solvable problem, my friends.  And you can be a part of the solution.  



  1. Well said, friend. Praying for these children to find families to call their own. I want to adopt all of them!

  2. that breaks my heart! i wanted to bring each one home.