About The Heart Galleries of Texas
Working Together to Find Positive Permanency for Texas Children
Heart Galleries display beautifully captured professional portraits to connect children whose parental rights have been terminated with adults, friends and communities who support and celebrate them, including potential adoptive families. These connections are especially critical for teens, sibling groups, and children with higher medical needs.
But it’s not just about the photo. The foundation of this approach is collaboration and success centers around communities working together to collectively wrap their arms around children and build permanency through strong relationships.
Heart Gallery Staff
Heart Galleries of Texas Director
I have spent the better part of the last two decades working in the non-profit world, specifically around child welfare. I began my role as the ED of Partnerships for Children (PFC) in 2013 and loved the groundbreaking work that came out of this organization and its team during my time there. We helped to fill the gap in limited supports for children and families involved in child welfare and collaborated with community stakeholders to improve outcomes. The Heart Gallery of Central Texas is a PFC program and the model that we want to replicate across the state.
Heart Galleries of Texas Associate Director
I have spent the last decade working to support non-profits in the Texas child welfare space, with most of my efforts supporting programs for teens and young adults aging from the foster care system. Having obtained an MSW from Texas State University, I had access to education and experiences to enhance my skills in the field. If there’s one thing I have learned along the way, it’s that these youth deserve to have access to supportive, loving adults in their life and find access to permanency however feels right to them. Helping Texas develop innovative systems to meet the permanency needs of children across the state is something I’m looking forward to. I believe that once youth find permanency the work continues ensuring everyone has access to the supports and resources necessary to keep children in their communities, and in their homes.
Heart Galleries of Texas Coordinator
I’m a proud two-time Texas Longhorn graduate (Bachelors in Social Work and Master of Public Affairs) with over two decades of experience in child welfare and nonprofit leadership/administration. I get excited about a lot of things, but helping children who have been in foster care achieve positive permanency is my primary area of passion. I love connecting people to: each other, resources/supports that help, and ways they can make a difference. Working on Heart Gallery statewide expansion is at the intersection of all of this!