Sarasota Organization Unveils ‘Family Finder’ Program To Seek Loving Homes for Local Foster Kids
Around 450,000 kids across the United States are in the foster care system waiting to be adopted. In Sarasota, Manatee, and Desoto counties, that number fluctuates between 1,400 and 1,600.
Heart Gallery of Sarasota works to help find children across the area loving, permanent homes. The organization displays professional pictures of kids who are up for adoption.
When COVID-19 began in March of 2020, calls and inquiries coming into the organization virtually came to a halt.
“We were averaging about 100-125 inquiries a month and then COVID hit and it dropped dramatically to like 10 or 12 a month,” said President Matthew Straeb.
So...Instead of waiting on things to change, Straeb came up with a new way to seek out families interested in adoptions. The organization utilized technology, launching a new program it calls ‘Family Finder’.
The tool has proven to be incredibly successful across the Sarasota-Manatee area since it was launched in June, of this year. .
The Family Finder technology utilizes public information and different messaging platforms to connect with families interested in adopting.
To learn more about Heart Gallery of Sarasota
For more information, www.floridafosterfamily.com/