finding forever families

for children in foster care

Every day, more than 50 youth age out of foster care with no permanent family and no safety net. Donate today to give young people still waiting in foster care the foundation for a brighter future before it’s too late.

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Children enter foster care through no fault of their own because of abuse or neglect. They deserve a safe, loving home.

As our founder, Dave Thomas, always said,

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

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Stories of Impact

A Forever Family for Zach

For five long years, Zach moved between his biological family and foster care with no permanent place to call home. Fortunately, Zach’s journey changed when he was adopted at age 11 through the Foundation’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program in West Virginia. Now 19, he is thriving in college on a full scholarship. Together, we can give more young people, like Zach, the foundation for a brighter future.


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WCBS, New York City

Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and Wendy Wonderful Kids recruiter, Shantell, were interviewed about why children in foster care are particularly vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis. “Most of our children come from low-income backgrounds,” Shantell shared. “Sometimes, they’re staying between different places. They’re taking the subway. So they’re putting themselves out there where they’re at risk of contracting the disease.”


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