Special Needs Adoption and Permanency Services

OUR MISSION: To support children in foster care who have special needs, to decrease the time they wait for permanent families, and to expand the geographical boundaries in which the best adoptive families may be found.

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The Heart Gallery of Idaho is a physical display of portraits (pictured below), comprised largely from children in foster care who are waiting for adoption. The display roams the Treasure Valley (and occasionally other parts of the State of Idaho). If you are interested in having the Heart Gallery displayed at your event or location, please contact us.

Picture from the Heart Gallery display at our 2009 Wednesday's Child Sponsor Breakfast.

Those of us who have children or grandchildren can hardly conceive of a child sleeping for months in a temporary bed, attending a temporary school and making temporary friends. Unfortunately, for over one hundred thousand young people in the United States, the concept of "family" has been interrupted as well as distorted by neglect, abuse, and abandonment. Many who cannot be reunified with a birth parent begin to trust in the safety and concern of fostering adults, only to realize they cannot stay with that family either. Any emotional or behavioral challenges these children may have as a result of their family history are only deepened by uncertain living arrangements. They need responsible, patient single adults or stable couples--adoptive parents who will show in many ways: "You belong to this family and we will always be here for you." This is where healing begins. As one 12 year old child explained, "It's like my mom has been like rocking me since I was a baby."

The Heart Gallery of Idaho is based on a grassroots concept in adoption recruitment that has spread to over 40 states: professional photographers volunteer their time to create portraits of young people who want an adoptive family. These compelling portraits, combined with personal written messages, are exhibited in a gallery format as well as in digital format on-line. The creators of these stunning portraits are dedicated to capturing your heart with what is unique in each of these children.