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A Foundation created by an adopted child pays it forward - In the News Sep 5, 2019

The following story was published by Inside Philanthropy in September 2019. By Liz Longley In the resort town of Atlantic City, in the summer of 1932, a young woman gave birth to a baby boy and put him up for adoption. Six weeks later, Rex and Auleva Thomas took him home to Kalamazoo. Auleva died […] Read More

Run, CJ! Run! - Stories of Impact Aug 23, 2019

Dee Marks adopted her son, CJ, at age 9 through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption's Wendy's Wonderful Kids program. Now 16, CJ has developed a love of running. "Running has been such a positive force in CJ’s life," Dee writes. "It keeps him healthy physically and emotionally. And, he is calmer and more focused at school." Read CJ's story. Read More

Thank you, Noah Fredenberg - In the News Aug 5, 2019

Noah Fredenberg ran from Los Angeles to New York to raise money for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and awareness of the more than 123,000 children waiting to be adopted from foster care in the United States. After 121 days and nearly 3,200 miles running through rain, snow and extreme heat, Noah completed his […] Read More

Every child in Louisiana deserves a loving family - Stories of Impact Aug 1, 2019

Three years ago, Louisiana began transforming its vision of foster care and adoption. Governor John Bel Edwards writes about how the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Wendy's Wonderful Kids is playing a vital role in this effort to ensure that every child in Louisiana has the opportunity to grow up in a safe, loving and permanent home. Read More

Thank you, Bruce McKenna - Stories of Impact Jul 29, 2019

Bruce McKenna is a member of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®-Canada’s board of trustees. He reflects on his service and the Foundation’s impact on children in foster care. I have been an advocate for foster care adoption for more than 20 years. In the 1990s, I had the pleasure of serving on a committee […] Read More

A Place to Call Home - Stories of Impact Jun 26, 2019

After aging out of the foster care system, Joe Toles has committed his life to ensuring other at-risk youth always have a place to call home. In 2010, Joe welcomed Xavier into his New York City home, the first of seven sons he adopted from foster care. Four of the boys were adopted with support from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. Read More

Celebrating Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiters and Supervisors - Stories of Impact Jun 26, 2019

At the 2019 Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Summit, the Foundation recognized recruiters and supervisors of the year for their life-changing service on behalf of children in foster care who need our help the most. These individuals are representative of the nearly 600 Wendy's Wonderful Kids recruiters and supervisors who are leaders and heroes for all that they do every day. Read More

Game Changer: The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption builds momentum - In the News Jun 10, 2019

Smart Business Magazine profiles how the Foundation is working to expand its Wendy's Wonderful Kids program across North America to find loving, adoptive homes for children most at risk of aging out of foster care without a family, including teenagers, children with special needs and siblings. Read More

Adoption-Friendly Workplace: New York Life - Adoption-Friendly Workplace Jun 10, 2019

"I would not be a mother today without New York Life, and the adoption benefits the company provides to its employees,” shared Brooke Pinson, a senior associate at New York Life Insurance Company, which was recognized on the Foundation’s 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list in 2018. Read More

Eric Daly Joins Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Board of Trustees - In the News Jun 3, 2019

Foundation committed to finding adoptive homes for the nearly 155,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems Columbus, Ohio — The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a national non-profit public charity, today welcomed Eric Daly as a member of its board of trustees. Daly is vice president of the global Wendy’s® customer team at […] Read More