The Heart Gallery of Illinois

What is the Heart Gallery?

The Heart Gallery is a new approach to finding loving adoptive families for children who are in the care of the state’s child welfare system. The gallery features beautiful portraits of the children, taken by professional photographers from around the state.

When the gallery is displayed in person, information about each child is posted alongside their portrait, giving visitors an insight into the child's personality, interests and aspirations. This helps viewers imagine themselves as adoptive parents to these children.

Click here to see the Heart Gallery photos.

Driven by Volunteers

The Heart Gallery of Illinois consists of a group of volunteers who work closely with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Adoption Information Center of Illinois, and the Office of the Illinois Governor to find permanent homes for children who need them. All parties work to raise awareness of the needs of children in foster care and strive to inspire people who would otherwise never see themselves as adoptive parents.

Photographers Needed

As volunteers, the professional photographers who take portraits of the waiting children have been generous with their time and talent. For a complete list of photographers,
click here
. If you are a professional photographer who is interested in volunteering, please call the AICI Communications Coordinator at 312-462-7227 or send an e-mail to We are particularly interested in hearing from photographers based in and around the communities of Springfield, Rockford, and Joliet.

Schedule a Showing

The Heart Gallery of Illinois is always looking for venues to display the portraits of waiting children. Past displays have been held in conference halls, museums, libraries and art galleries. For a complete list of past venues, click here. If you are interested in scheduling a display within your community, please call the AICI Communications Coordinator at 312-462-7227 or send an e-mail to

Financial Support

Please consider supporting the Heart Gallery of Illinois by making a tax-deductible online donation. You can also provide support by making a purchase at Jackson Junge Gallery and mentioning "Adoptions Unlimited" at checkout (10% of the total will be donated to our organization). We rely entirely on private donations to support this program.

Nationwide Effort

The Heart Gallery of Illinois is part of a nationwide network of Heart Galleries working diligently on behalf of waiting children. For more information, visit the Heart Gallery of America website at

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