Adopted Siblings Now Have A Home for the Holidays

December 23, 2010

The new Alford family on National Adoption Day 2010

Last year, six siblings spent the holiday wishing for a forever family; this year, they can cross that item off their wish lists.

 Bryan and Carla Alford met five of their future children at an adoption matching event hosted by Family Services of Metro Orlando and Wendy’s Wonderful Kids in 2008. To the children – three girls and two boys – the event passed in a blur of balloons, face painting and games; but to the Alfords, the faces of the five children remained vivid in their memory. When they saw the same siblings at another adoption matching event a year later, they couple began to realize what might happen to the children over the next few years if nothing changed.

 “We asked ourselves, ‘If we don’t [adopt these kids], who will?’” said Bryan. “The time was quickly approaching where they would have had to try and be adopted individually. But the kids wanted to be together and… we didn’t want any of them to grow up wondering ‘Why didn’t anyone want me?’”

 This year, Bryan and Carla finalized the adoption of the youngest sibling, a two-year-old baby girl, and then adopted the five remaining siblings two months later during a National Adoption Day celebration in Osceola County on November 19, 2010. 

 Over the past five years, Bryan and Carla Alford have cared for nearly 35 local children as foster parents in Osceola County, Florida. Some have stayed in their home as briefly as one night, while others have remained there for up to three years. The Alfords maintain contact with many of the foster children they previously cared for, now as extended family and members of the children’s support networks.

 Now, as the holidays quickly approach, the Alford household is expected to be both hectic and heartwarming. The children have never seen so many presents under one tree and the reality that the gifts are all for them has yet to fully sink in.

 “I’m looking forward to Christmas ‘cause there’s lots of present boxes under the tree,” said nine-year-old Ivy, the eldest of the group. “And I’m happy because now we get to spend all the holidays together… It feels good to be adopted.”


Borders Benefit Days

August 10, 2010

Borders Benefit Days

Benefit Days are Coming Soon!

On August 14 – 15 & August 21 – 22, finish up the last few books on your summer reading list or purchase your child’s back-to-school required reading, while helping us create possibilities for children and families!

When you present this certificate at the register of any participating local Borders location or enter the code online at Borders.com at checkout, Borders will donate 10 – 25% of your purchase to support Family Services of Metro Orlando.

Participating stores are listed on the certificate and online purchases are also encouraged. Please pass this certificate along to 3 other family members or friends to help us give every child in Orange and Osceola County a childhood.

For more information, contact Janice Brodie at 407-398-7335 or Jbrodie@fsmetroorlando.org

Thank you for your support!

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Orlando, Florida 32804

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Back to School Slam Dunk Bash

July 26, 2010

More than 20,000 Central Floridians lined up for last year’s event. This year, Hope Now International expects to supply 9,000 backpacks and is asking for Volunteers to help fill them.

Calling all volunteers! Join Hope Now International is looking for help on August 11, 12 and 13 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to help more than 9,000 children’s backpacks for the upcoming school year. Volunteers will receive a light dinner during each night they volunteer at the Amway Arena.

The back-to-school event, which is in its sixth year, will be August 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Amway Arena. Communit members can come by to receive school supplies and a variety of services including:

  • Free Back to School Immunization Shots!  BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • Free 9000 Back Packs stuffed with school supplies!
  • Free Community Resources!
  • Free Hair Cuts!
  • Free School Information
  • Free Parking and Entrance into the Arena
  • Free Prizes, Entertainment Music, Fun!
  • Free School Supplies!
  • Free Health Screenings for Adults!

For more information, call Hope Now International toll free at 1-877-674-7497 or visit www.hopenowinternational.org

Click here to download or share the event flyer!


Family Services of Metro Orlando Fundraiser with Woamtec Orlando

July 12, 2010

Join Family Services of Metro Orlando and WOAMTEC for a FREE networking fund raiser event Thursday June 15 at Timpanos Chophouse in Dr. Phillips. Free refreshments, free trade show, and networking. Bring old broken, unwanted gold for on-the-spot appraising and selling. A portion of the proceeeds from all sold gold will go to support Family Service of Metro Orlando and its mission to empower communities to create opportunities for children and families. Together, we can give a child a childhood, together we can stregthen our community.