In partnership with Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, the Heart Gallery is committed to increasing opportunities for Black children to be adopted by loving families. We’re excited you’re here and interested in learning more about the Heart Gallery.
Help us spread the word about the need for adoptive families of color in Tampa Bay!
If a child in foster care is in the Heart Gallery, reunification with their biological family was not possible so an adoptive family is needed. Most Heart Gallery children are at least 9 years old, part of a sibling group, and/or have special needs. All children in foster care have experienced abuse, abandonment, and/or neglect; therefore, need support to heal from the trauma they have experienced.
All children are different, with a variety of unique strengths and needs so all types of families are needed. In Florida, you must be at least 21 to adopt a child from foster care. There are no restrictions based on age, race, marital status, or sexual orientation. You may live in a home or apartment that you own or rent. Adoptive parents must have a stable income sufficient to support their family.
In Florida, there is no cost to adopt a child from foster care. In fact, families who adopt may qualify for a monthly adoption subsidy. Health care for children adopted from foster care is covered by Medicaid until age 18. They also receive free tuition at any Florida state college, university, or vocational school.
Federal tax credits and exemptions may also be available. Visit the IRS website to learn more.
Step 2: Following Adoption Orientation, sign up for the next Professional Parenting class. This 8-week training will give you a better understanding of grief, loss, trauma, and parenting children in foster care.
Step 3: Next, you will be assigned an Adoption Family Recruiter who will conduct your home study. This will include background screenings, references, and an in-depth assessment of your family and home to ensure you are prepared and ready to adopt.
Step 4: Learn about children that are available for adoption by visiting our Available Kids page, attend Adoption Recruitment Events to meet the children, and work with your Adoption Family Recruiter to best match your strengths to the needs of a child or sibling group. Once matched, visitation will begin. When everyone is comfortable, the child will move into your home and must live with you for a minimum of 90 days prior to finalizing with the courts.
Step 5: Finalization! Your child will legally become a part of your family when you finalize in a court of law, complete with a new birth certificate listing you as the parent. Adoption finalization is a legal process that marks the beginning of a lifetime commitment.