Family Match

February 28 2018, 5:05 PM

Can the same data-crunching technology that matches potential couples based on personality, values and interests help Florida’s foster children get adopted?

It’s a question that a wealthy Boca Raton tequila company CEO, his wife, child-welfare workers and two nonprofits have come together to answer.

Family-Match, launched this month by the nonprofits Selfless Love Foundation and Adoption-Share, is using technology developed by the former senior research scientist of eHarmony.com to try to connect the 800-plus Florida children languishing in foster care with adults who have signed up to adopt.

Race car driver Ed Brown, president and CEO of tequila maker Patrón Spirits Company, and his wife, Ashley, who was raised by adoptive parents, together with Patrón founder John Paul DeJoria put up the funding to set up Family-Match throughout the state, partnering with Adoption-Share to run it for two years. At that point, they hope state officials will find it worthwhile to continue. Though they declined to give the exact price, they said the pilot will cost several hundred thousand dollars.

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