Through its signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK), the Foundation provides grants to adoption agencies and Children’s Aid Societies to hire and train recruiters in our evidence-based, child-focused recruitment model to find loving, permanent homes for the more than 30,000 children waiting in Canada’s foster care systems. Research in the United States revealed the model to be up to three times more effective at serving youth who have been in foster care the longest, including older youth, sibling groups and children with special needs.
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.
Learn more about how the program is finding adoptive homes for children waiting in Canada’s foster care system.
Explore research showing the impact of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids and the Foundation’s evidence-based, child-focused recruitment model.
The Foundation began Wendy’s Wonderful Kids as a pilot program with seven grant-funded sites in the United States in 2004. The first grant in Canada was issued in Ontario in 2006. 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 three-year commitment to scale Wendy’s Wonderful Kids in Ontario, with 15 adoption recruiters funded by the government and eight recruiters funded by the Foundation in coordination with the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada.
Today, 33 Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters are finding adoptive homes for children across in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan.