The Heart Gallery was founded in Santa Fe, 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 the now approximately 100 Heart Gallery groups across America, where over 130,000 foster children are waiting to be adopted. Heart Gallery has been featured on CNN, The Today Show, The View, 20/20, NBC, CBS, NRP and many others. More than a thousand children have found their forever families as a direct result of Heart Gallery exhibitions.
In response to the article highlighting the Heart Gallery in the Sunday, January 2, 2005, issue of Parade magazine, a group of Orange County citizens from all walks of life came together on January 29, 2005, to establish a Heart Gallery Chapter in Orange County, California.
This volunteer group is working very closely with Orange County Social Services (OCSSA) and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Since its November, 2005, premiere, the Heart Gallery has become the most successful adoption outreach program in Orange County's history.
The Orange County Heart Gallery is a not for profit 501(c)3 organization made up of volunteers from across the county. Professional award winning photographers donate their valuable time and talent, working in collaboration with Orange County Social Services, to create a gallery exhibit of children waiting for their forever families.