Heart Gallery Alabama is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding forever families for children in Alabama’s foster care system by raising awareness and educating the public.
Heart Gallery’s volunteers and staff collaborate with the Alabama Department of Human Resources to create a photographic portrait exhibit of children in foster care, which travels to public venues across the state. Our photographs serve as a compelling and authentic representation of children across Alabama who are searching for loving, permanent families. Heart Gallery Alabama interviews each available child, and these interviews can be found on the child’s web page.
Heart Gallery Alabama recruits professional photographers to capture each child’s individual spirit in a moving photographic, multi-media, and narrative journey – featured online and in public venues.
Heart Gallery Alabama responds to inquiring families with questions regarding foster care adoption. We partner with local and statewide media resources to inform the public of the need for foster care adoption.
Since its founding in 2005 and with the support of its donors, child advocates, and volunteers, Heart Gallery Alabama has helped find permanent homes for more than 65% of the children photographed.
Co-Founder and Executive Director – Michelle Bearman-Wolnek, LCSW
Communications & Marketing Manager – Joycelyn D. Haywood
Development & Operations Coordinator – Deanna Deschenes
Recruitment Response Coordinator – Helen Harbarger, LMSW
Book Keeper – Amy Haywood
2019 Board of Directors
Board Chair – Wendy Evesque
Board Vice Chair – David Nomberg
Governance Chair – Ashley Mosko
Development Chair – Bill House
Finance Chair – Melanie Nichols
Judge Janine Hunt-Hilliard
2019 Junior Board
Board Chair – Ashley Kyles
Board Vice Chair – Marlesa Willis
If you are interested in learning more about HGA’s Jr. Board, click the link below or call Joycelyn Haywood at 205-445-1293.