Heart Gallery Alabama is a nonprofit organization that connects youth in foster care with caring adults who provide the stability and guidance they need to thrive.
Children featured on the Heart Gallery entered care through no fault of their own and have experienced some form of trauma or loss. While this should not define who they are, unfortunately it often does. They deserve connections with adults who can provide them with unconditional love and commitment to help them grow throughout their lifetime.
HGA advocates for youth living in foster care by listening to their needs and introducing them to adults they can rely on. Through our traveling exhibit and online gallery, we help introduce communities to the youth we serve. For prospective supporters and families, these images can spark a life-changing connection.
Mentor. Foster. Adopt.
We are never too old to need a family. Our family is our foundation and safety net that is there for us throughout our lifetime, no matter what.Help them find their forever: Mentor. Foster. Adopt.
The S.O.A.R. mentor program is designed to create lasting connections for Alabama’s youth in foster care who are at risk of entering adulthood without a lifelong relationship with a stable adult. Developing these relationships dramatically improves outcomes for older youth in the foster care system.
Heart Gallery Alabama’s Heart Squad is made up of a group of dedicated volunteers who want to make a positive impact on our youth. The Heart Squad ensures that children featured on the Heart Gallery feel special on their birthday by providing personalized gifts and hosting individual birthday parties that support a child’s sense of self-worth.
Our wonderfull staff make it all possible!
Michelle Bearman-Wolnek, LICSW
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Joycelyn D. Haywood
Communications & Marketing Manager
Development & Operations Coordinator
McKenzie Bussman, LMSW
Recruitment Response Coordinator
Mentor Match Specialist
2023 Board of Directors
Board Chair Elect
2023 Junior Board
The lives of the children featured on the Heart Gallery can be brightened forever by just one person – you.
You can make a world of difference when you open your home to care for a teen in foster care. You are not only fostering their growth and happiness, but also a brighter future – for all of us.
The S.O.A.R. mentor program, in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Alabama, is designed to create lasting connections for Alabama’s youth in foster care who are at risk of entering adulthood without a lifelong relationship with a stable adult.
The Hope from the Heart Program provides youth in the Heart Gallery with a feeling that they are thought of and loved. This program will help each child celebrate their birthday, special holidays and unique outings on request.