The Heart Gallery story began in 2001, when New Mexico Adoption Specialist Diane Granito decided to match children available for adoption with professional photographers.
The dramatic portraits became a traveling exhibit that put a face on this invisible population of children needing permanent families.
Diane’s vision was a huge success, and today the Heart Gallery movement has grown to more than 100 Heart Galleries operating in nearly every state in the U.S.
“Making a Difference,” NBC News segment featuring Heart Gallery founder Diane Granito.
The Progress Energy Heart Gallery of Pinellas & Pasco was launched in June of 2006. Modeled after many other successful Heart Galleries throughout the US, it includes portraits of local foster children available for adoption. Unlike many Heart Galleries that are part of a state child protection agency, the Heart Gallery of Pinellas & Pasco is an independent, charitable organization that began as a grass-roots, community initiative. Our partners include Eckerd Community Alternatives, Bay Area professional photographers, a host of committed volunteers and big-hearted sponsors, those listed below.
500,000: Children living in foster care in the US
20,000: Average number who age out of the US foster care system each year
3,500: Number of children living in the dependency system in Pinellas and Pasco counties
150: Average number of children awaiting adoption
172: Approximate number of children appearing in the Gallery