About Forever Family
Forever Family is a Florida-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and teens in foster care find loving, adoptive families. Together with its media partners and sponsors, the organization focuses on raising awareness about the struggles and misconceptions surrounding kids and teens in foster care, while assisting families with the adoption process.
The organization’s efforts have generated thousands of inquiries, resulting in hundreds of adoptions,
new foster family sign-ups and volunteers.
How Forever Family Operates
Forever Family news stories and on-air promotions highlight:
Children in foster care searching for adoptive families;
Teens 'aging out' of foster care;
Issues relating to the American foster care crisis.
These stories air on major broadcast television stations across Florida and North Carolina, and are crafted to engage and motivate the public to take action and get involved.
To date, over $30 million in earned media time have been donated to Forever Family to raise awareness and help children and teens in foster care. The organization’s efforts have generated thousands of viewer inquiries, resulting in hundreds of adoptions, new foster families and community volunteers. In addition, viewers have donated more than $1,000,000 in cash, goods and services directly to foster children, adoptive families and teens aging out of the foster care system.
Founder and CEO Gia Tutalo-Mote started out as a volunteer in an emergency shelter where she’d read and play with children. What she experienced stayed with her and eventually led to the creation of Forever Family.
An Emmy award-winning television producer and reporter, host of Forever Family on NBC 6, ABC 7 and NBC 2, and guest on radio and television programs, Gia oversees all aspects of the organization.
Her passion for building awareness, helping foster kids find families and assisting those who age out of foster care, led Forever Family to grow from a small grassroots initiative on Miami’s NBC 6 to a multi-station initiative on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX affiliates throughout Florida and North Carolina.
Awards and Honors, include:
- Emmy Award for ‘Selling Innocence’ – a television promotional campaign which shed light on child exploitation on the Internet;
- Adoption Excellence Award for Media/Public Awareness of Adoption – presented by United States Department of Health and Human Services and the Children’s Bureau – Washington, DC;
- Congressional Award – Angels in Adoption presented by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute – Washington, DC;
- Office of the Governor & Florida Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Award for Community Advocacy on behalf of abused and neglected children;
- Florida Department of Children and Families Advocate of the Year;
- Adoption Excellence Award
Forever Family CorrespondentS
WFTV-ABC anchor Martha Sugalski is the face of Forever Family in Central Florida. Her powerful stories with messages of love and hope for Forever Family kids reach millions of viewers every week. Wife and mother of six — including triplets (identical boys and a girl) — Martha has more than 24 years in journalism and has won numerous awards, including the coveted Emmy Award.
WPEC-CBS 12 news anchor Liz Quirantes brings Forever Family stories to West Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast every Tuesday at 5 p.m. Liz's stories have generated hundreds of calls resulting in adoptions. Her work and passion for children has also led her to serve on the board of directors for ChildNet. Liz has received multiple honors, including the Associated Press Best Series Award, and was nominated for the Women in Leadership Award by Executive Women of the Palm Beaches. Liz and husband Craig are proud parents of two kids.
WGHP-FOX 8 anchor Jasmine Spencer of Greensboro, North Carolina, brings Forever Family stories to viewers every Tuesday during the 4 p.m. newscast. Passionate for children and her community, the Elon University alum accepted the 1st place award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation for Best Newscast with her Phoenix 14 News team.
Tenikka Hughes is an evening newscaster in Jacksonville, Florida, anchoring the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts on CBS47 and the 6:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts on FOX30. She is an Emmy-nominated journalist, a Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Award recipient and a proud contributor to Action News Jax team's regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Large Market Television. Tenikka has a passion for education and informing the community about issues affecting families in need. She enjoys traveling and trying new cuisine with her husband, Timothy.