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The Indiana Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic exhibit featuring children in foster care who need and deserve a safe and loving home. The gallery showcases remarkable professional portraits of and stories about foster children in Indiana – all of whom long for loving and safe homes. The dramatic photos put a face on a sometimes invisible need and remind families that adoption can change lives.

Below are a few of the children in the Heart Gallery Tour. Click on each image for more details.     

Everett      Joshuah    Emily 

The Indiana Heart Gallery was created by the Indiana Department of Child Services in 2007 as one way to help these incredible children share their stories and hope of joining a family and encourage families to adopt. Many of the foster children featured in the gallery are older or special needs children, minorities, or members of a sibling group. All are considered hard-to-place children. Our goal is to keep the Heart Gallery moving until all of the children are adopted!       

Interested in getting involved with the Heart Gallery? We are always looking to partner with community organizations to host the Heart Gallery.  If you would like to bring the Heart Gallery to your community, complete the Venue Interest Form

In addition, we are looking photographers to volunteer their time and talent to take beautiful portraits of our children for the Gallery.  If you are interested in being a Heart Gallery photographer, complete this Photographer Interest Form

Heart Gallery Tour:  

   Date   Host Venue Location Time

Oct. 17 

Northern Indiana Autism Expo 

5440 W. Nimtz Parkway
(The Blue Heron)
South Bend, IN  46628


Oct. 24 

Boo at the Zoo 

115 Lake Shore Dr.
Michigan City, IN 46360

12:30-2:30 close at 3pm;
4:30-6:30 close at 7pm

Nov. 6-16 

Brookside Church 

6102 Evard Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

M-Thur 8am-4:30pm;
Fri 8:30am-12:30pm;
Sunday 8am, 9:30am, 11:00am


Sept. 25-
Oct. 5

Trinity Church

9709 Allisonville Rd.
Indianapolis, IN  46250

M-Thur: 8am-6pm
Sat.: Closed
Sun.: 9am-1pm

Oct. 8-10

RAPT Conference

7202 East Indianapolis Hotel
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Thu: 8am-5:30pm
Fri: 8am-6pm
Sat.: 7:30am-1pm

Nov 6-20

Barnes and Noble Booksellers

25 N. 4th St.
Terre Haute, IN 47809

Daily 7:30am-8pm

Dec. 3

Indianapolis Children's Museum

3000 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208



To find out more about adopting a child or to host your own Gallery, call 1.888.25.ADOPT. The Heart Gallery's e-mail address is:  You can also visit the Indiana Heart Gallery on Twitter and on Facebook.

Are you interested in adopting or learning more about the process? Click here.