The Heart Gallery is at PCPC between now and Holy Week. You can see the smiling faces of the gallery children on their banner portraits in the breezeway. The gallery is being sponsored by the Witness and Service Committee.
Every child deserves love. The Heart Gallery of Tampa seeks forever families for Tampa’s foster children. The mission of the Heart Gallery of Tampa is to raise awareness of Tampa’s waiting foster children, engage the community in their welfare and secure permanent, loving adoptive families.
The Heart Gallery of Tampa is a unique photographic exhibit created to find forever families for children in foster care. The touring exhibit specifically recruits for those who have had parental rights terminated and are in jeopardy of aging out of the foster care system. Those at higher-risk are particularly difficult to find permanent placements for due to factors of race, age, sibling groups that desire to be adopted together, as well as special needs children who suffer from physical, emotional or mental challenges.
These kids are just like any other kids; only they’ve experienced abuse, abandonment, and neglect. They find themselves in foster care through no fault of their own. What they need most is a family. The Heart Gallery gives them a face, a voice, and a place to shine.
On average, 90 children are featured in Tampa’s Heart Gallery each year. This tool has demonstrated unprecedented success for children who have languished in care, historically hidden from the public eye. In 2018, ninety-eight children were featured in Tampa’s Heart Gallery. It is our goal to match each child with an adoptive family within their first touring year in the gallery.