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Did you know? Over 6,000 children in Texas are awaiting adoption and approximately 1,500 of them have been identified as needing additional recruiting efforts. Heart Gallery programs facilitate connections for children who typically have to wait longer for adoptions, such as older children, sibling groups, and children with higher medical needs. 


The Heart Gallery of El Paso is proud to be part of the statewide Heart Galleries of Texas. Communities across the state and nation have come forward to assist foster service agencies by promoting adoption and the adoption of individual children in their region.

Photographs in the Heart Galleries are for viewing only and may not be downloaded, used, or published without the express permission of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and the photographers who took them.

Valeria Contreras, Executive Director

Valeria Contreras

Executive Director

Heart Gallery of El Paso

Renée Zapien, Coordinator

Renée Zapien


Heart Gallery of El Paso


Cynthia Conroy, Chair

WestStar Bank, Texas Commission for Women

The Honorable Yahara Lisa Gutierrez, Vice-Chair

Family District Judge, 65th Judicial District

Lisa Saucedo, Secretary, Treasurer

CASA of El Paso

Ellen Fennell Ordaz

EFO Media

Steve Ortega

The Law Office of Steve Ortega, PLLC

Sylvia Pitcher

Department of Family and Protective Services

Heart Gallery Texas
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