The children we have featured on our website who wait for adoptive families
- are most often in the foster care system and cannot return to their birth families for a variety of reasons
- need help overcoming hurt related to past trauma(s) and/or abandonment
- are often part of a sibling (brothers and/or sisters) group
- are often older than four years of age and behind emotionally (ratings for each child are "subjective" in nature and can fluctuate).
While you may not see “all” of the children in need of a No Matter What Family in our Gallery, please understand that those who are waiting share similar hopes for a family and similar obstacles to being matched with one. If these children do not seem like a “match,” chances are others who are not featured here will not be a “match,” either. However, if you have patience and perseverance, and are willing to adapt your home and life to fit a child’s needs, please keep pursuing and learning more about adopting from foster care.
Please keep in mind that, in order to be considered for a child without our Gallery, you must have an approved public adoption home study. If you are unsure if your home study is public, please contact us via phone (414-475-1246 or 800-762-8063) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, please keep in mind that circumstances for the children within the Gallery can change rather quickly and for a variety of reasons.
We invite you to check out our tip sheet, Not Too Old for Forever: Adopting Older Youth.
The Heart Gallery of Wisconsin
The Heart Gallery of Wisconsin, a travelling photographic exhibit of some of Wisconsin's waiting children, is a program of the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families. If you are interested in hosting the Heart Gallery of Wisconsin, please contact us. We will post information about where you can see the Heart Gallery as that information becomes available.
The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families provides support and funding for this recruitment effort on behalf of children. We thank them for their belief that all children grow best in permanent loving families.