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Chief Child Advocate Jim Kallinger (left) and Family Services of Metro Orlando CEO Greg Kurth (right) meet with the Burt family to celebrate a legacy of adoptions.
-from the Orlando Sentinel
Every day, hundreds of Florida’s deserving children await their chance to join their forever families. Recently, I met two brothers — Morgan, 9, and Malik, 8 — who finally have a permanent place to call home. As Florida’s chief child advocate appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist, I have been honored to meet parents like Orlando’s Becky and Evan Burt, who adopted Morgan and Malik last spring. The Burt family invited me into their home to share their adoption journey, including how Becky Burt’s life has been touched twice by adoption — first as a child who was adopted and now as an adoptive mom. As educators, the Burts not only fill their home with love, but also a love for learning as evidenced by their sons’ thirst for knowledge.
Part of the Explore Adoption initiative, this visit was to encourage other Floridians to follow in the Burts’ footsteps. We hope their willingness to share their story will inspire others in the Orlando area to explore public adoption.
Under the leadership of Crist, Florida has set a record number of adoptions two years in a row. Through the tireless dedication of local organizations like the Family Services of Metro Orlando, 205 children were adopted last year in Orange and Osceola counties.
Jim Kallinger, Governor’s Office of Adoption and Child Protection