Heart Gallery of Pinellas & Pasco

Heart Gallery of Pinellas & Pasco


The mission of the Heart Gallery is to increase the number of successful adoptions of local children in foster care. In addition to featuring children, we recruit and support families interested in adoption. The Heart Gallery was founded on the belief that every child deserves a home.



500 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd N.
Suite 300,
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
(727) 258-4806

 

Where His Brick Fits

Where His Brick Fits

When Florida lifted its ban on gay adoption in 2011, 10-year-old Jacob Deetz became part a family.

Theresa and Lisa Deetz wanted to adopt Jacob when he was in their home as a foster child, but weren’t able to do so due to a law at the time banning gay adoption.  With no legal options, the family said goodbye so Jacob could find permanency an within adoptive family.  Theresa and Lisa never stopped wondering what might have been.  Jacob was looking for “where my brick fits,” and several disrupted matches later he was still looking.  He never gave up hope that he would find a family where he knew it would be forever.

Even though he had been moved out of their home, they had followed his progress. When the gay adoption ban was overturned, the Deetz family found the child’s case manager through his listing on the Heart Gallery.   They still had his photos hanging in their home from his brief time in their home and the recruitment portraits from the Heart Gallery.

Calling the worker, they explained their story and began the long process to become an approved adoptive family. When the family was reunited, there was no going back – Jacob knew this family was where his brick fit and the Deetz family knew that their family puzzle had found it’s missing piece. The Deetz family proudly celebrated their adoption in June of 2011 and even invited Fox 13 into their home to celebrate the joy adoption has brought to their family.

Adoption Day wasn’t the end of the story for the Deetz family.  They are still puzzling out the layers that an adoption journey adds to a family dynamic, but they are happy to say all of their puzzle pieces are back together under one roof.

Photos courtesy of Enchanted Forest Photography and Tim Boyles Photography