5 myths about foster care adoption

Posted on February 14, 2020

By Rita L. Soronen Right now, there are more than 115,000 children in the United States who have been permanently separated from their family of origin and are waiting for someone to step forward to adopt them — a 15% increase since 2012. Unfortunately, the myths, misperceptions and realities surrou

You’re never too old for family

Posted on January 30, 2018

This blog was originally published online in January 2018 while Kerri Byrd served as a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter in Louisiana. We thank her for her many years of work finding forever homes for children in foster care. Did you know that every single time a child in foster care has to move to a

Foundation Names New Chair and Vice Chair

Posted on January 10, 2018

Columbus, Ohio – January 10, 2018 – The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption announced today that Mary Schell, chief public affairs officer for The Wendy’s Company, has been elected as chair of its board of trustees. Todd Penegor, president and chief executive officer of The Wendy’s Compa

Introducing the Carver Family

Posted on January 4, 2018

This guest blog is written by Kendra Carver, a recent adoptive mother and advocate for adoption benefits. She is an employee of American Express, the 2017 #1 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace. Adopting a child has always been a dream for my husband and me. There are so many children in need of loving

Family is our recipe

Posted on November 29, 2017

For this guest blog, Foundation staff interviewed Karen about her foster care adoption journey and her daughter, Monarika, who was adopted through the Foundation’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. When Monarika’s adoption was finalized in April, 2017, her new sisters surprised her with custom t-shirt

Grandparents: the unsung heroes of child welfare

Posted on November 22, 2017

This guest blog is written by Jennifer, a loving mother of one daughter who today is celebrating the strength and wisdom her grandmother brought to her life and how it changed the trajectory of her life. My father was both mentally and physically abusive and my mother was an alcoholic. As such, they

National Adoption Day Brings Families Together for 18th Year

Posted on November 8, 2017

By Rita L. Soronen, President & CEO Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption “She never has to worry again. She’ll always have a home.” Dwain Hargis sums it up in describing the security his family is able to give his adopted daughter, Olivia. It is the sentiment that drives the Dave Thomas Foundatio