Forever Family celebrates 10 years as two more stations climb on board
October 20, 2012 by Mark
Fort Lauderdale was the chosen location for Forever Family to celebrate 10 years last month. Forever Family publicizes news stories about fostered children to increase public awareness of the non-profit organization. More than 400 children have found loving homes thanks to the Forever Family TV segment, according to the CEO and founder Gia Tutalo-Mote.
One success story is told by Annie Perrone, who adopted two sisters nine years ago after seeing them on a Forever Family TV segment. The sisters were aged six and four years old and were about to be separated. Annie Perrone and her husband adopted both sisters and believe that they were meant to be in each other’s lives. The programming is underwritten by Broward County Children’s Services Council so that children from a number of agencies can be included on the segments, including the Children’s Home Society and Kids in Distress.
Nine stations broadcast the segments, and two more are to launch in November this year. Originally, the program was launched by Gia Tutalo-Mote in 2002 on South Florida’s NBC 6, airing on Fridays and Saturdays. The organization is reliant on sponsors, especially as grant funding was lost. Local printing services may be utilized to promote the organization. Donations are gratefully received as state funding is not received, so these donations keep Forever Family broadcasting, providing greater opportunities for the children.
Annie Perrone stated that her adoption experience has been rewarding, giving unconditional love and building trust, confidence, and love with the children. The organization also helps teenagers who are moving out of fostering and more.