I’m his mom. I show up.

Posted on September 26, 2017

This guest blog post is written by Meryl Phipps, a foster and adoptive mom whose son, Jeremiah, was adopted through the Foundation’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. My son, Jeremiah, was in foster care for more than 10 years. Eight of those years were spent as a “freed” child – a child to whom

Supporter Spotlight: Jeff Thornton

Posted on September 8, 2017

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is grateful to be supported by so many generous donors, like Jeff Thornton. How did you first learn about the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption? I was very familiar with Dave Thomas and his great reputation, but I didn’t know a lot about the Foundation

Supporter Spotlight: Mile Hi Bakery

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The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is grateful to be supported by so many generous suppliers to the Wendy’s Company. Mile Hi Bakery is a high-speed, full capacity bakery that produces 5,000 dozen buns per hour and 1,500 dozen English Muffins per hour, all unique to the specific needs of each cu

Learning to love again

Posted on August 29, 2017

This guest blog post is written by Josh and Katie Butler. The Butler family has one adopted son, Braxtel, and is in the process of adopting a sibling group of three. They have also provided respite care to foster families on several occasions. Their only biological child, Dewey, passed away when he

Foster Care Adoption: Come prepared with faith and heavy duty boots

Posted on July 27, 2017

This guest blog is written by Stacie Booth, a mother of one adopted son and two biological sons, devoted wife and small business owner who provides Taekwondo classes for a homeschool group and Montessori schools. It is written in the Bible that we must “visit orphans and widows in their distress, an

Celebrating 25 Years of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

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Dear Friends, It is an exciting year for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption as we celebrate our 25th anniversary on July 31. Since 1992, the Foundation has been committed to the vision of our founder, Dave Thomas: to ensure every child has a permanent and loving family. Our mission has never wa

My Greatest Challenge Became My Greatest Joy

Posted on June 26, 2017

This guest blog post is written by Laura Merklin, a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter in Ohio. She works diligently to provide youth in foster care with safe, loving and permanent homes. She strongly believes you never outgrow the need for family. In November of 2015, I received a referral for an 18-

How Letting Go of Our “Perfect Kids” Led Us Right to Them

Posted on April 24, 2017

This guest blog post is written by Christopher Matos-Rogers, an adoptive father and REALTOR® with PalmerHouse Properties in Atlanta. As a foster care adoption advocate, he supports child-focused organizations such as Wendy’s Wonderful Kids. He and his husband co-founded an adoptive parent support an
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