Our Mission


Dramatically increase the number of adoptions of

children waiting in North America’s foster care systems.

Give the gift of family


About the Foundation

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national, nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes and loving families for the nearly 155,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Created by Wendy’s® founder Dave Thomas who was adopted, the Foundation implements evidence-based, results-driven national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and innovative grantmaking. Learn more | View annual report

Thank you

Television and movie actor, Chrissy Metz, 21st Century Fox and Director Roxanne Dawson for shining a light on the importance of adoption in the movie, BREAKTHROUGH, now in theaters.

Foster Care Adoption

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.”

Read FAQ to learn more about foster care adoption and what to expect on the adoption journey.

In the United States:

Every year, more than 20,000 teens age out of foster care leaving them at a higher risk of homelessness, substance abuse and other negative outcomes.

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