Awareness and Resources
In 1990, our founder Dave Thomas, who was adopted, accepted an invitation from U.S. President George H.W. Bush to be the spokesperson for a national adoption awareness campaign. Over the years, Dave’s public service announcements and advocacy efforts helped to spread the word about the urgent need for foster care adoption, eventually expanding his reach to Canada.
Today, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption-Canada is proud to carry Dave’s legacy forward. We build positive messaging backed with Foundation-conducted research to educate the public about foster care adoption through our awareness campaigns, as well as developing and promoting educational resources, videos, articles and more. Additionally, we seek to understand what the public believes about adoption and foster care and help correct any misconceptions that are acting as barriers to finding permanent families for children lingering in foster care.
Together, the Foundation’s channels and resources reach thousands of people each year, helping to advance our vision that every child will have a permanent home and a loving family.
Unadoptable is Unacceptable PSA
This video explores the Foundation’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program, which has been proven to be up to three times more effective at serving children who have been waiting in foster care the longest, including teenagers, children with special needs and siblings. View more PSAs.
Through sharing stories from families and adoption professionals, the Foundation shows the impact adoption from foster care can have on the life of a waiting child. Read more stories.
Adoption can feel overwhelming. Finding Forever Families: A Step-By-Step Guide to Adoption (available in French) is one of our most requested resources to help families navigate the adoption journey.