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Use your photography skills to help children and teens get adopted!

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Ampersand Families

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Minnesota Heart Gallery

We are looking for talented photographers anywhere in Minnesota to volunteer with the Minnesota Heart Gallery. The Minnesota Heart Gallery provides children and youth awaiting adoptive families in Minnesota the chance to see themselves as they never have before, and invites the community to learn more about the right of every child to a permanent family.

The Heart Gallery provides a free, professional portrait session to youth in the foster care system with a photographer in their area. The pictures from these sessions are used in the youth’s adoption recruitment materials and we also use the images to raise awareness about the need for permanent families for older kids - literally putting a face to the need.

This can be a one-time gig or a few sessions a year, whatever works best for you. Volunteering entails a session with the youth (you coordinate the time and date, along with location, with the youth’s adoption recruiter or social worker) and then post-session, provide a disk or Dropbox folder of images. Visit the online gallery at www.minnesotaheartgallery.org.

If you are a photographer in Minnesota, we would love to hear from you. We are so happy with every one of our photographer volunteers, and because youth of color are so overrepresented in the child welfare system, we are always extra thrilled when photographers of color join our ranks. It is really special for kids to have their session done by someone who looks like them.

Thank you and we look forward to sharing more with you about this awesome volunteer opportunity!

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About Ampersand Families


2515 Wabash Ave, Suite 150, Saint Paul, MN 55114, US

Mission Statement

Ampersand Families recruits and supports permanent families for older youth, and champions practices in adoption and permanency that restore belonging, dignity, and hope.


Ampersand Families is the only adoption agency in Minnesota that focuses exclusively on finding permanent families for waiting youth ages 10 and older. The agency provides child specific recruitment services to youth, training/home studies and support to families, and consultation and training regarding permanency.

Ampersand Families provides adoption services through the Public Private Adoption Initiative (PPAI), funded by Minnesota Department of Human Services. Thanks to PPAI, virtually every family served by Ampersand Families receives training, home study and placement support at no cost to the family. Post finalization support is provided by Ampersand Families through the financial generosity of individual, corporate and foundation donors.

Ampersand Families is also the home of Minnesota Heart Gallery--a statewide effort to promote awareness of waiting youth and to promote a waiting child's sense of dignity and worth through the use of professional photography. Heart Gallery relies on the expertise of nearly 200 volunteer photographers. Visit the gallery at www.minnesotaheartgallery.org.

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This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Photography
  • Child Welfare
  • Youth Services




  • Must be at least 18

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