Taye, Kemarquez and Kiondre’s Adoption Story

Posted on November 30, 2021

Ohio Important. Loved. Happy. These are the feelings described by siblings Taye, Kemarquez and Kiondre after being adopted by empty-nesters Carla and Oliver in Ohio. But the brothers didn’t always feel that way. Placed in foster care after being abandoned in a hotel room, the children spent several

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An Update on Serenity and Kai’s Story

Posted on October 25, 2021

Ontario, Canada In 2018, Kathryn and John shared their journey to adopt siblings Serenity and Kai through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption-Canada’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program, in partnership with Adopt4Life. The couple had always wanted to grow their family and decided to pursue infant ad

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2021 Highlights from Rita Soronen

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  DEAR FRIENDS, In 2020, our world changed in ways we could never have imagined. It has been an incredibly difficult time for all of us. But for children in foster care waiting to be adopted, who have endured abuse, neglect and often countless layers of trauma in their young lives, the negative

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The Freedom to Dream Big: Conner’s Story

Posted on August 23, 2021

North Carolina Placed in foster care when he was 7 years old, 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. Right now, more than 120,000 children, like

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Chris Garrah Joins Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption-Canada Board of Directors

Posted on June 2, 2021

Foundation committed to finding permanent homes for the more than 30,000 children waiting in Canada’s foster care system. Burlington, ON — The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption-Canada recently welcomed Chris Garrah, a partner at the law firm of McMillan LLP in Toronto, as a member of its board of

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Anthony’s Story: An Adoptee’s Journey to Discover His Past

Posted on April 28, 2021

Anthony Onesto, Chief People Officer at Suzy, was adopted as an infant and shares our belief that every child deserves a permanent home and a loving family. Now on a journey to discover his past, Anthony is telling his story to help raise awareness about adoption and the unique experiences that adop

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Hope Through the Darkness

Posted on April 9, 2021

By Rita L. Soronen, President & CEO One year ago, our world changed dramatically and in ways we could never have imagined as COVID-19 spread, closing schools, shutting down businesses and leaving us with unrelenting separation and longing for the physical connection of family and friends. As the

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A Statement in Support of Justice

Posted on March 23, 2021

At the heart of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s work is the belief that justice and the right to be free of fear and harm must be equally applied to all of our children. Racism and hate can have no home in our hearts The murders of so many Black Americans are a tragic reminder that injusti

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A Forever Family for Austin

Posted on March 15, 2021

Utah Placed in foster care at age 8, Austin spent the next three years of his young life longing for the security and stability of a permanent home. He often felt undeserving, unworthy and not capable of accomplishing anything. Fortunately, Austin’s journey changed with help from his Wendy’s Wonderf

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