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

 

Unconditional Love Holding Strong After 21 Years 

Unconditional Love Holding Strong After 21 Years 

Unconditional Love Holding Strong After 21 Years 

Cheryl was just finishing the night shift when she received the call. Cheryl had dreams of adopting a daughter and that night she received the call she had long awaited. That day her dreams came true and she met her daughter, Asia.

“They asked me if I wanted a little girl and of course I said, ‘yes, I don’t need to see her I just want her,’” Cheryl said. That was July 13, 1996. Asia was only two days old.

Cheryl and her husband Milton are still foster parents thanks to their daughter, Asia. She was eight-years-old when she told her parents about children who needed families and asked if they could foster. Twenty-one years later, they are still fostering, providing a home for 17 children through the years.

Cheryl says they foster children who in the past were considered adoptable but struggled to find families because of various issues. Before coming to their home children had to have at least two failed placements at other homes.

“Our focus is to be an example of unconditional love, so they know that when they leave our house it is because they have been adopted, returned to their family or have made the decision that they want to leave,” Cheryl said.

When reflecting on her experience has a foster parent Cheryl said it’s humbling. The most rewarding part is when they call later in life still seeking advice, Cheryl added. The most challenging part is waiting the child to realize you can be trusted. But the best part was what Cheryl gained from the kids.

“While we thought we would teach them how to be patient and kind, they have taught us real patience and how to keep calm and keep it simple,” Cheryl said.

Cheryl’s advice for families considering fostering, “be flexible, expect the unexpected and take it a day at a time because no one’s perfect.”

Adoption finalization photo courtesy of Cheryl and family