Wendy's Wonderful Kids®

Through its Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program, the Foundation provides grants to adoption agencies to support the hiring of recruiters who implement an evidence-based, child-focused recruitment model. Research in the United States revealed the model to be up to three times more effective at serving children who have been in foster care the longest, including teenagers, children with special needs and siblings.

Child-Focused Recruitment Model

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters work with smaller caseloads of children, ensuring they have the time and resources to give each child as much attention as he or she deserves. Dedicated to finding the best homes for youth, the adoption recruiters start with familiar circles of family, friends and neighbors and then reach out to the communities in which they live.

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Explore research showing the impact of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids and the Foundation’s evidence-based, child-focused recruitment model.

Our Goal

  • In 2006, the Foundation expanded the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program in Canada with the first grant issued in Ontario. We had a singular goal — to focus on permanency for those children and youth most at risk of aging out of the foster care system.
  • In 2016, the Foundation and the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services officially launched a commitment to scale Wendy’s Wonderful Kids in Ontario in coordination with the Children’s Aid Societies.
  • Currently, 29 Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters are working in seven provinces to find forever families for children waiting in foster care.



To date, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters have found adoptive homes for more than 445 children across Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

Funds raised provide the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption-Canada with critical financial support to continue expanding the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program, ensuring that there is a recruiter to give the more than 30,000 children and teens waiting to be adopted from foster care the time, resources and support they deserve.