Do you remember your birthday parties when you were a kid? Do you remember counting down the days until your birthday arrived? The excitement you felt leading up to your special day? Unfortunately, for children in foster care, birthdays are not always fun and exciting, celebrated or even remembered. It seems like such a simple thing, but their birthdays often go unnoticed and are just another day without stability.

Heart Gallery Alabama’s Heart Squad is made up of a group of dedicated volunteers who want to make a positive impact on children in Alabama’s foster care system.


Children in foster care come from a variety of backgrounds. While they spend time in foster homes or often in congregate living situations, children can feel forgotten and unwanted.

The Heart Squad ensures that children featured on the Heart Gallery feel special on their birthdays by providing personalized gifts and hosting individualized birthday parties that support a child’s sense of self-worth.

The idea is simple: to let Alabama’s children know that we care.

We know that every child should experience the joy of their special day, and our program wants to make birthdays special for every child we serve!