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“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


Thank you, Bill Perkins - Stories of Impact Feb 28, 2020

The generosity of supporters, like Bill Perkins, make it possible for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to expand our Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program to serve more children waiting in foster care who need our help the most. “The gap in opportunities for children who grow up in a permanent, loving home and those who do not is staggering,” said Mr. Perkins. "The Foundation is working every day to close this gap and give more children waiting to be adopted from foster care the stability and support they need for a brighter future.” Read More


5 myths about foster care adoption - Stories of Impact Feb 14, 2020

More than 437,000 children are in foster care in the United States, 125,000 of whom have been permanently separated from their family of origin and are waiting for someone to step forward to adopt them — a 23 percent increase since 2012. Unfortunately, the myths, misperceptions and realities surrounding foster care and foster care adoption can give many prospective parents pause. Read More


“It’s a Miracle Being Adopted”: Ariana’s Story - Stories of Impact Dec 20, 2019

Colorado — For more than five years, Ariana bounced between foster homes, longing for a permanent home. “I thought, ‘Where am I going to live? Who is going to take care of me? How am I going to make friends?’” she said. That dream came true in 2014 when she was adopted by Chris and Joanna McIntyre with support from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and her Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter, Chelsea. Read More


National Adoption Month: 4 Ways to Make a Difference - Stories of Impact Nov 6, 2019

November is National Adoption Month — a special time to celebrate families that have grown through adoption and raise awareness of the more than 125,000 children waiting in foster care in the United States. In June, we visited Massachusetts to meet with Maya and Hannah Fontaine, who bravely shared the incredible pain and neglect they […] Read More


Thank you, Karen Fifer Ferry - Stories of Impact Nov 1, 2019

Nevada — Karen and her husband, John, were determined to make a difference for children in need of a loving, permanent family. Upon retirement, and after much research and soul-searching, they enthusiastically chose the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption as the charity where their contribution could have the greatest impact. Read More


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