Become a Forever Friend

“There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace.”

 

Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and former Secretary-General of the United Nations

 

We are so grateful for those who have given financially to support the work of the South Carolina Heart Gallery Foundation. It is your support that allows us to put the beautiful faces of the adoptable children in South Carolina in front of more and more prospective families.

 

It is your support that helped match 21 SC Heart Gallery children with their forever homes between October and December 2013—that is 21 children more who have found love, acceptance and permanence thanks to your gifts.

 

Because of the incredible impact our donors are making in the lives of children, we are proud to introduce a new network of our supporters and advocates called “Forever Friends.”

 

Our Forever Friends are individuals or organizations who pledge a recurring monthly gift to support the work of the SC Heart Gallery Foundation. They are friends who are committed to standing alongside the waiting children of South Carolina month end, month out. They understand that finding families for children in foster care is not a simple task—that it takes time and resources. Our Forever Friends are those who join us in believing in the power of social media and TV to spread the message of over 690 children who are waiting to be adopted in South Carolina today.

 

To become a Forever Friend, simply click on the blue “Donate” button at the top of our homepage. Enter your donation amount, then select the box under “Make This Recurring (Monthly)” and complete your transaction. It’s as simple as that.

 

THANK YOU to all of our supporters out there, and please know that your gift—of whatever amount—provides hope for our waiting children.

 

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 Children’s Foster Care Review Board, Office of the Governor and the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

 

Have you seen us on TV?

Even as a supporter of the South Carolina Heart Gallery Foundation and advocate for children in foster care, I still get goose bumps every time I see one of our commercials on TV.

 

Have you seen them? If not, make sure you check them out on our website or Vimeo.

 

TV commercials are a vital, strategic channel for us to spread the word that over 690 children in South Carolina are currently waiting to be adopted. Thanks to the expertise of our Board of Directors, our commercials are seeing a tremendous impact in the number of families who are contacting the South Carolina Heart Gallery about adopting a child.

 

In fact, the South Carolina Department of Social Services recently announced the adoptions of 1,798 children since 2011—a 50 percent increase—and a reduction in the number of older foster children who choose to leave their families once they turn 18.

 

The South Carolina Heart Gallery Foundation started running commercials across the state in early 2012. Think that’s a coincidence? Neither do we.

 

We’re proud of both the impact our commercials are having and the frequency they are being aired. Thanks to the generosity of our partner stations, our advertising funds are going a long way in spreading the message of our waiting children to more and more prospective families.

 

We’ve estimated that just from October to December 2013, our commercials had over 2.5 million gross impressions across the state. That’s a lot of people hearing our message!

 

So to both our partner TV stations and our supporters who make these commercials possible, we say THANK YOU!

 

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 Children’s Foster Care Review Board, Office of the Governor and the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

 

An Adoption Story: Tori Sizemore, Miss SC Teen USA 2013

Growing up in Anderson, SC, with three younger biological brothers, Tori always wanted a sister. She begged her parents to consider adopting a little girl, but they remained undecided—until their phone rang early one morning. A family friend, who happened to be an adoption attorney, was on the other line. She said that a little girl needed a home—that same day—and asked if the family would consider adopting her. They took it as a sign and agreed. Later that afternoon, Tori and her parents picked up the newest member of their family.

 

Tori immediately took to her little sister and became like her second mother. Today, she can’t imagine life without her.

“I knew what my family had to offer a little girl, but what I didn’t expect was how much love and joy she would bring to us. That’s the incredible thing about adoption—you are blessed just as much as you are a blessing,” Tori said.

 

A few years later, Tori’s family expanded once again through another adoption—this time twin girls. Tori, who once could only dream of having a little sister, now had three.

 

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Photo courtesy of Amanda Ferguson

 

During her junior year of high school, Tori decided to participate in a pageant to help her overcome her stage fright. She was a natural and, after a few more pageants, was crowned Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2013. During her reign, Tori worked tirelessly for her platform of “educating, inspiring, and equipping families to impact the next generation through foster care and adoption.”

 

Now a freshman at Anderson University, Tori is settling into life as a typical college student, while still being close enough to home to stay involved in her siblings’ lives. In December, she graciously appeared in a commercial for the South Carolina Heart Gallery Foundation, continuing her advocacy for our state’s waiting children.

“I am thrilled that I have found a new way to further the cause of adoption with the South Carolina Heart Gallery Foundation,” Tori says. “This organization is a fantastic representation of the impact caring individuals have and will make in the lives of so many foster children, and I am grateful to be a part of it!”

 

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 Children’s Foster Care Review Board, Office of the Governor and the South Carolina Department of Social Services.