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Actor Cody Saintgnue Shares His Adoption Story - Stories of Impact Nov 17, 2020

Actor, producer, model and advocate Cody Saintgnue was adopted at age 12 after spending four years in foster care. He shared his story to speak up for the more than 120,000 children who are waiting to be adopted from foster care right now. "Family includes the loved ones you choose to make your family. I will never forget where I came from and how the gift of adoption helped me to get to where I am today," Cody writes. Read More


“The only thing that matters is that your heart matches theirs”: Arleigh’s Story - Stories of Impact Nov 12, 2020

Arleigh was placed in foster care at age 12 in Florida after suffering years of abuse and neglect. Fortunately, she was adopted through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. Now, Arleigh is grateful to have the opportunity to experience life’s special moments and plan for her future in ways she never did before. Read More


Thank You, Krista and Vincent Jacobs - Stories of Impact Oct 23, 2020

Both adopted as infants, Krista and Vince Jacobs, of Tennessee, knew they wanted to grow their family through adoption. “No child should have to navigate transitioning to adulthood alone,” says Mrs. Jacobs. Read More


Wendy’s® Gives Back - Stories of Impact Oct 23, 2020

Year after year, The Wendy’s Company, its franchise owners and operators, suppliers, employees and customers support the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption through events, personal gifts and in-restaurant campaigns. Following are highlights of the many ways that the Wendy’s family worked together to raise more than $16 million this year. Read More


A Brighter Future for Lexi and Nick - Stories of Impact Oct 23, 2020

Lexi and Nick were placed in foster care due to neglect, as their biological parents battled drug addiction and other issues. For five years, they longed for a permanent home. Fortunately, the siblings were adopted with help from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program. “I think being adopted is the most beautiful thing you could ask for because you get to start a new life,” Lexi says. “Now, I feel as if I can be whoever I want to be.” Read More


“It’s a Chance at Life”: Korie’s Story - Stories of Impact Aug 27, 2020

Placed in foster care at age 3, Korie moved in and out of more than 30 foster homes before she was 16. "I thought, 'I’m going to end up on the streets,’" Korie recalls. "That’s just how it’s going to be." Fortunately, Korie’s journey changed when she was adopted through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. Read More


How Having a Forever Family Changed My Future - Stories of Impact Aug 24, 2020

Utah — Ellie was adopted at age 19 through the Foundation's Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. To those still waiting to be adopted: you are worthy of love and happiness … you are worthy of having hope … and you are worthy of a forever family," she writes. Read more reflections from Ellie. Read More


Changing the journey: Ellie’s story - Stories of Impact May 21, 2020

Utah — Born into a family in which she suffered years of abuse, Ellie missed three years of school before being placed in foster care as a teenager. Her journey changed when she was adopted at age 19 through the Foundation's Wendy's Wonderful Kids program. In May 2020, she graduated from high school virtually, surrounded by her loving family. Read More


Tonya’s message of hope - Stories of Impact May 6, 2020

North Carolina — Tonya spent six long years in foster care before she was adopted at age 12 through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program. She bravely agreed to share her story because she wants to inspire hope in other children who are still waiting to be adopted. “I’m glad that I have a family that actually wants me and loves me as much as I love them,” she said. Read More


National Foster Care Month: 5 ways to make a lasting impact - Stories of Impact May 4, 2020

As the world longs for social connection and leans on their families for support during the COVID-19 pandemic, children in foster care are particularly vulnerable. Here are five ways you can get involved during National Foster Care Awareness Month to ensure every child has a safe, loving home. Read More


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