Love Goes the Distance: Jermesha, Floyd and Jermain’s Story

Posted on April 29, 2022

Mark and Celeste adopted siblings Jermesha, Floyd and Jermain from foster care through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program. Pictured from left: Mark, Jermesha, Floyd, Celeste and Jermain For five long years, siblings Jermesha, Floyd and Jermain were without a sa

“Nature and Nurture Shape Who We Become”: Lynn’s Story

Posted on March 4, 2022

Adopted from foster care as an infant, Lynn Deiulis spent more than 25 years as an adoption worker in Canada. She is the author of “What is your story? Let’s talk about adoption and kinship.” Pictured: Lynn Deiulis I was born in the late 1950s in a hospital connected to a home for unwed mothers near

Adoption: The Long View

Posted on December 3, 2021

Have you ever perused the list of top Adoption-Friendly Workplaces? Have you ever felt an ache in your heart about children who are in foster care, growing up without a permanent family taking care of them, loving them, teaching them all the things people need to know to be independent and prosper?

Building Fund Donors

Posted on October 21, 2021

(as of June 30, 2021)The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is pleased to recognize our Building Fund Campaign donors who generously gave $10,000 or more to help with the build-out and ongoing management of our new forever home. AKSAN Enterprises All-Star Management owned and operated by the Allegr

Supporter Spotlights of 2021

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The following individuals represent the growing number of generous donors who are passionately helping to advance the Foundation’s mission. We are pleased to share some of the many reasons they support this critical work.  — THANK YOU — Robert Sfire Several years ago, Robert, a business owner a

A Message from Rita Soronen About the COVID-19 Crisis

Posted on March 19, 2020

Dear Friends, The last few weeks have been incredibly uncertain, as the world navigates the most serious global health crisis we have faced in our lifetime, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Schools are closed, non-essential workers are staying home and social distancing has become essential. We

Nonprofits Are Simultaneously Contemplating Strategy on Two Fronts

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The following story was published by The Chronicle of Social Change in March 2020. By John Kelly LaVerne and Terry Moore Jenkins photographed Monday August 8, 2016 with their adopted daughter Raychelle. Photo courtesy of James DeCamp Photography The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA) – which

Thank you, Karen Fifer Ferry

Posted on November 1, 2019

In elementary school, Karen Fifer Ferry wrote that she would like to one day give birth to three children and adopt eight. The dream of adopting a child never materialized, but Karen and her husband, John, were determined to make a difference for children in need of a loving, permanent family. John