Every day, more than 50 youth age out of foster care without a permanent family.
Donate to help find forever families for these young people before it’s too late.


A Statement in Support of Justice

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Children are placed in foster care through no fault of their own because of abuse or neglect. They deserve a safe, loving and permanent home.

As our founder, Dave Thomas, always said,

“These children are not someone else’s responsibility. They are our responsibility.”

You can help. Learn more and spread the word about the critical need for foster care adoption in the U.S.

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Through our national awareness campaigns and innovative programs, the Foundation is dedicated to achieving the vision that every child will have a permanent home and a loving family.

A rigorous, five-year national evaluation revealed that children referred to our Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program are up to 3x more likely to be adopted from foster care.

Benefiting the Foundation

Registration is now open for this year’s virtual Frosty 5K Run for Adoption, hosted by Wendy’s® and presented by Pure Life®, benefiting the Foundation’s mission! Run or walk, anytime, anywhere between August 5-21, to help find forever families for children waiting in foster care.

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Stories of Impact

A Forever Family for Conner

Placed in foster care when he was 7, Conner spent nearly half of his young life longing for a permanent place to call home.

“I moved a bunch. I really didn’t want to move that much. I didn’t think I could have a family,” he shared.

Fortunately, Conner was adopted at age 12 by James and Jayme through the Foundation’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program and has the comfort and security he deserves.

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Welcome To The Family, As Featured In Parents Magazine

Parents magazine recently profiled several families who came together through foster care adoption — including Tonya in North Carolina and siblings Michael, Roman and Lilliana in Washington, who were adopted through the Foundation’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program.


“Adopting Tonya is the best thing we’ve ever done,” Tonya’s dad, Brian, shared with the magazine. “Being her parent is such an awesome feeling that I have a hard time putting it into words. I’ve never been more proud of anything.”

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