Forever Family and HANDY are two great organizations with a core purpose in common – to forge a brighter future for children in foster and relative care. Beginning today, Forever Family will be headquartered at HANDY’s Lillian S. Wells Center in downtown Fort Lauderdale and both organizations couldn't be any more excited.
“Forever Family and HANDY have a longtime, robust history of partnership and collaboration,” said Gia Tutalo-Mote, Founder and CEO of Forever Family. “In addition to highlighting foster children searching for loving, adoptive families, our stories focus on teens 'aging out' of foster care, and our Bella’s Group program assists grandparents and other relatives raising children. I have watched with awe the true commitment and compassion HANDY shares with this same population, and couldn't be more proud to be a part of the HANDY family.”
“I had the high honor and privilege to attend the taping of the very first Forever Family segment in retired Judge Julie Koenig’s courtroom,” said HANDY CEO Evan Goldman. “I’ve seen Gia harness the power of the media to make countless miracles happen during Forever Family’s 12 years in existence and look forward to a ringside seat for many more.”
Significantly, both organizations are funded by the Children’s Services Council of Broward County, which provides leadership, advocacy and resources to improve the lives of children and families. Forever Family and HANDY have always attained exemplary outcomes and are two of the CSC’s longest funded agencies.
In addition, Forever Family and HANDY have worked with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute to raise awareness about the needs of children without families and to remove policy barriers that hinder children from knowing the love and support a family provides. They have both received the Institute’s signature award, “Angels in Adoption,” in which Members of Congress honor constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children and orphans. Forever Family and HANDY were recognized by Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-Miramar).
Forever Family has also been the recipient of the Adoption Excellence Award presented by the United States Department of Health and Human Services for leadership and innovation in the commitment toward rebuilding the lives of children in foster care, and those who are waiting for adoption.
Of course the move wouldn't be possible without human capital, and that’s why it’s significant to note that Two Men and a Truck are the official movers of both Forever Family and HANDY. They have graciously donated their time and are worthy of community-wide applause.
About Forever Family: Forever Family news stories highlight children in foster care who are searching for adoptive families, teens 'aging out' of foster care, and issues relating to the American foster care crisis. These stories air on major broadcast television stations and are crafted to engage and motivate the public to action. Nearly 22 million dollars in free earned media time has been donated to Forever Family to date. This awareness has generated thousands of viewer inquiries, resulting in hundreds of adoptions, foster families and community volunteers. In addition, our viewers have donated more than $650,000 in cash, goods, and services directly to children in foster care, adoptive families and teens 'aging out' of the foster care system. In addition to its flagship NBC 6, Forever Family airs on TV stations throughout in Florida and in North Carolina.
About HANDY: HANDY's mission is to embrace, educate and empower vulnerable youth to become engaged, productive adults through a unique combination of case management, life skills delivery and educational programming in a supportive "family" environment. HANDY meets the individual needs of each child and helps guide them to adulthood. HANDY serves children and young adults from ages 10-25 and since its inception 29 years ago, has met the needs of more than 50,000 Broward County children in foster, relative and non-relative care. This past year alone, HANDY served 1,300 youth at the Lillian S. Wells Center in Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale Lakes Middle School and Pompano Beach Middle School. In addition, HANDY has a robust education department that supports 116 scholars who attend 17 in-state and two out-of-state colleges and universities.