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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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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.”

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Stories of Impact

Tonya’s Message of Hope

Tonya spent six long years in foster care before she was adopted at age 12 through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program in North Carolina. She bravely agreed to share her story because she wants to inspire hope in other children who are still waiting to be adopted. “I’m glad that I have a family that actually wants me and loves me as much as I love them,” she said.


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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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