A Call to Action for Supporting At-Risk Children
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and promote the safety and well-being of children. At BEAR, we work tirelessly to provide hope and help for at-risk and CPS-involved children and the caseworkers who protect them. Our programs are designed to help children in need and create a better future for them.
One of our newest programs is Heart Gallery Houston, a powerful, traveling photographic exhibit that showcases children in foster care who are waiting to find their forever families. With more than 32,000 children are in foster care in the state of Texas, The Heart Gallery provides a unique opportunity to bring awareness to the issue of child abuse and neglect and help these children find a safe and loving home.
Heart Gallery Houston is a collection of beautiful portraits of children in foster care taken by volunteer professional photographers. These portraits capture the essence of each child’s personality, showcasing their individuality and spirit. The exhibit is designed to help people see beyond the stigma of foster care and understand that these children are just like any other child, with dreams and hopes for a bright future.
Since its inception in October 2021, BEAR’s Heart Gallery Houston program has helped more than 40 children find their forever homes. The exhibit has traveled to various locations across the Houston area, including museums, shopping malls, and libraries, bringing attention to the needs of children in foster care and helping to break down the barriers that prevent them from finding permanent homes.
However, this is just one piece of the puzzle. Preventing child abuse and neglect requires a community effort, and we all have a role to play in creating a safe and nurturing environment for children. During Child Abuse Prevention Month, and all year long, we encourage everyone to take action to help children in need. You can get involved by volunteering, donating, or advocating for policies that protect children and support families in crisis.
At BEAR, we believe that every child deserves a safe and loving home, and we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Join us in our mission to create a brighter future for children in need. Together, we can make a difference.