Empowered to Speak Up and Be Heard

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words.

 

The South Carolina Heart Gallery was founded in 2005 to leverage the power of photography to help find permanent homes for children in foster care. It has successfully done this through an online gallery combined with photo exhibitions across the state that show the beautiful faces of our waiting children. In 2013 alone, 73 new families initiated the adoption application process through the SC Heart Gallery.

 

But if a picture is worth a thousand words, what about video?

 

Over the next year, the South Carolina Heart Gallery Foundation is rolling out video profiles of individual children, allowing them to share their story, hopes and dreams for themselves. All these videos are available to view on our Vimeo channel—allowing potential adoptive families to digitally “meet” these children and explore a deeper connection with them than that provided by still photography.   

 

All the children in these videos are legally available for adoption; most have spent years waiting in foster care. These are children who, for the most part, have little input into their situation. Their social workers speak on their behalf. Others decide where they live and what is in their best interest. Their fate is rarely in their own hands.

 

The videos being produced by the S.C. Heart Gallery Foundation aim to change that. It’s not about “advertising” children. It’s about providing them with a platform to tell their own story, to make their own plea for their future families. It’s about empowering them to take their future into their own hands with the opportunity to speak up and be heard—through video.

 

If you would like to make a donation to support the production of these individual child videos, please click on the blue “DONATE” button at the top of our website. Each video costs approximately $250 to produce and distribute. Thank you for your support.

 

The South Carolina Heart Gallery Foundation supports the work of the South Carolina Heart Gallery, which is a collaborative program administered and supported by the Foster Care Review Board, Office of the Governor and the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

 

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