The mission of the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco is to increase the
number of successful adoptions of local children in foster care.
In addition to featuring children, we recruit
and support families interested in adoption.

The Heart Gallery was founded on the belief that every child deserves a home. There are no unwanted children, only unfound families.

Heart Gallery Families In the News

Bernie Young typically got one of two reactions when she told friends that she and her husband Joe were adopting two older mixed-race siblings in foster care.

“It was either ‘Are you crazy?’ or ‘That is amazing!’ No matter what, it always drew some kind of reaction,” says Young with a laugh.

Why? Because the Youngs were 60 and 62 respectively when the adoption papers came through. Their natural “child” was 34 at the time, with two children of her own.

It may have been a gamble, but Young says there are “zero regrets,” only gratitude and happiness. Bringing Jesse, now 19, and Sara, 18, into their lives nearly six years ago turned out to be such a positive experience that she’s now a tireless promoter of late-life adoption. Read more here!

About the Heart Gallery

It began with a simple idea. Create an extraordinary portrait of a foster child and it will capture the heart of prospective parents.

Since this Heart Gallery chapter was created in 2006 we have helped to create more than 220 forever families.

The Heart Gallery includes three key initiatives:

  • A traveling exhibit, which can also be viewed on our website, of professional portraits and personal biographies of children waiting to be adopted. Services donated by local Tampa Bay area photographers make this possible.
  • Child specific recruitment to promote emotionally safe adoptions.
  • Support services for families along all stages of the adoption journey.
On any given day there are more than 3,000 children in foster care in Pinellas and Pasco counties, including close to 100 who are available for adoption.

While most are eventually reconnected to their parents or taken in by responsible relatives, too many kids become fixtures in the foster care system. It is only after their parents legally lose parental rights that these children can than start the waiting process to become adopted, often lingering for years in foster care.

The Heart Gallery works hand in hand with our lead agency partner, Eckerd Community Alternatives, as well as deeply committed caseworkers from Directions for Living, Lutheran Services Florida, and Youth & Family Alternatives.



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