“It’s a Chance at Life”: Korie’s Story

Posted on August 27, 2020

Placed in foster care at age 3, Korie moved in and out of more than 30 foster homes before she was 16. Too often, she wondered, “Am I going to have somewhere to sleep? Am I going to grow up and be safe?” “I thought, ‘I’m going to end up on the streets. That’s just how it’s go

How Having a Forever Family Changed My Future

Posted on August 24, 2020

Ellie was adopted at age 19 through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program, in partnership with The Adoption Exchange in Utah. This is her story. For most of my childhood, I bounced from home to home within my biological family. In the seventh grade, a teacher notic

Siblings now have a forever home after virtual adoption in Washington

Posted on July 28, 2020

This blog was adapted from a story by Tracey Leong of KIRO 7 News in Seattle, Washington. Terri fostered siblings Michael, Roman and Lilliana for more than three years. After two unsuccessful adoptions with other families, Terri made the decision to pursue adoption. But when COVID-19 hit, it de

Racism can have no home in our hearts: Black Lives Matter

Posted on June 11, 2020

At the heart of the work of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is the belief that justice and the right to be free of fear and harm must be equally applied to all of our children. The murders of Ahmaud Abrery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade and so many other Black Americans are a tra

Edna goes the extra mile to keep siblings together

Posted on June 10, 2020

Floyd, Mark, Jermesha, Celeste, Harley, Cadence, Whitney, JR, Jermain and Shaelyn Jermesha, Floyd and Jermain were separated for five long years while in foster care before being referred to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program. Their world changed when Edna came

COVID-19 puts Colorado’s children in foster care at risk

Posted on May 27, 2020

Chelsea is a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® supervisor with The Adoption Exchange in Colorado. This column was originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera. With the coronavirus bringing so much instability and chaos into the world, we are all seeking the comfort, stability and support of our families.