Several years ago, my wife and I looked into adoption.... There was an emptiness in our hearts and we wanted nothing more than to open our home and lives to a child. Sadly, the thong that stopped us was the cost and there.ding mounds of paperwork and red tape.Adding to the frustration was the negative attitudes we encountered when calling our local county officials. One Person went as far as to tell us that our adoption chances, in the area in which we live, would be better if we were of an alternative lifestyle. We found this persons comment disheartening and it discouraged us. But the main thing that Stopped us was the cost. Why is adoption so costly ??? We thought we were the perfect candidate, a young couple with one child, but more important was that we could provide a secure, safe home with lots if love .We applaud Mr.Thomas and his foundation for their efforts . God bless you as you continue to fulfill Mr.Thomas's dream, to make adoption affordable and less complicated.Adoption shouldn't cost so much..
Wendy Thomas and Father’s Day Frosty Weekend
June 14, 2012
We are excited to have this guest blog from Wendy Thomas, a very special person to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Not only is she a daughter of Dave Thomas and the namesake of Wendy’s restaurants across the globe, but she is a passionate member of our board of trustees, and proud to help us carry Dave’s legacy of helping children waiting to be adopted. This weekend, Wendy’s celebrates Father’s Day in a special way. For every Frosty product sold on Friday and Saturday, Wendy’s will donate 50 cents to the Foundation to support our work of finding permanent and loving homes for children in foster care. Enjoy and share this very special blog from our friend, Wendy Thomas.
– Rita Soronen, President and CEO
As Father’s Day approaches – and throughout the year – I think about my dad and the wonderful memories I have of him, from visiting Wendy’s restaurants with him to just hanging out at home and talking with him, my mom and siblings.
One thing I remember about my dad is when he didn’t know how to do something, he asked questions and found experts to help him. When he first got involved in adoption, he recognized there were miles of red tape that slowed down the adoption process.
He didn’t know how to eliminate the red tape, but that didn’t stop him. He sought out people who could make changes. He went to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress and asked them to streamline the adoption process. Then he asked Fortune 500 companies to add adoption benefits to make adoption more affordable for families who could open their hearts and homes and adopt a child in foster care.
He inspired and motivated people through his commitment to children in foster care. He asked for help and he trusted people to follow through.
It took several years, but he didn’t give up. I’m so proud of what he accomplished.
I was lucky to have grown up with a wonderful father and I’m proud to carry on his work with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
Again this year, Wendy’s restaurants are supporting the Foundation during Father’s Day Frosty Weekend. The company will donate 50 cents for any Frosty product sold on June 16 and 17.
I hope you’ll tell your family and friends to stop by Wendy’s for a Frosty. If you use Facebook or Twitter, post or tweet a message about it. The more people who know, the more money we can raise, and the more children we can help.
We can really make a difference in the lives of children by supporting my dad’s Foundation. He’d be pleased and proud to know that his dream to help children in foster care is alive and well.