About Us

Heart Gallery volunteers and staff collaborate with the NYC Administration for Children’s Services to create ongoing Heart Gallery exhibits that travel throughout the five boroughs. The exhibits, featuring beautiful, compelling portraits of New York City children taken by award-winning photographers, raise awareness of the needs of children in foster care, and assist in realizing their dreams of finding “forever families.”



  1. Help New York City children living in foster care realize their dreams of finding permanent, loving adoptive families
  2. Raise awareness and educate the public about the thousands of children who desperately need and deserve the shelter and love of forever homes
  3. Provide services (mentoring, internships, scholarships, etc.) to children at risk of aging out of foster care without the love, guidance and stability of a "forever family"


The Heart Gallery was founded in New Mexico in 2001 by the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. National media attention generated because of the project’s success resulted in a virtual explosion of Heart Gallery groups across America, where over 100,000 foster children are waiting to be adopted. Today there are nearly 100 Heart Galleries throughout the United States.

Heart Gallery has been featured on CNN, The Today Show, The View, 20/20, NBC, CBS, NPR and many others. Thousands of children have found their forever families as a direct result of Heart Gallery exhibitions.