The idea for the Heart Gallery started at the suggestion of Santa Fe photographer and adoptive mother Cathy Maier Callanan. Cathy and Diane Granito, a recruiter for the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD), brought the expression "a picture is worth a thousand words" to life. In 2001, the nation's first Heart Gallery was launched as a way to help New Mexico's "waiting children" step from the shadows into the light with dignity. Since that time, over 120 Heart Galleries (and growing) have been launched across the United States to increase the number of adoptive families for children needing homes in our communities.
Our children are precious and our mission is to enable foster children who are eligible for adoption in our communities to realize their dream of finding permanent, loving adoptive families to call their own. We hope to raise awareness about the hundreds of children who desperately need and deserve the shelter and love of forever homes.
If you are deaf, hard-of-hearing or limited English proficient, you are entitled
to interpreter services at no cost to you. Please contact 386-238-4900.