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893 Louisiana Children Adopted from Foster Care Last Year, the Second Highest on Record - In the News Nov 14, 2019

With support from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and our Wendy's Wonderful Kids program, nearly 900 adoptions from foster care were finalized in Louisiana between October 2018 and September 2019, the second-highest number of adoptions in a single year ever. Read More


New Campaign for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption-Canada Shines a Light on the Critical Need for Foster Care Adoption - In the News Nov 13, 2019

Today, more than 30,000 children are waiting to be adopted from foster care in Canada. To help draw attention to this crisis, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption-Canada is launching a breakthrough new campaign, ‘Up For Adoption,’ that coincides with November’s National Adoption Month. Read More


Seasame Street Giving Voice to Children in Foster Care Impacted by Opioid Crisis - In the News Nov 8, 2019

The opioid crisis is pushing children into foster care at an alarming rate. Drug abuse by a parent represented 36% of all placements into foster care last year. The unfortunate reality is that many of these children are not returning to their birth families because it is simply not safe. Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, writes that Sesame Street's new Muppet, Karli, is helping to raise awareness about this issue and give a voice to children in foster care who are impacted by the opioid crisis. Read More


Los Angeles Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary of National Adoption Day - In the News Nov 7, 2019

On Saturday, November 23, 231 Los Angeles County children will be adopted, ending their long wait in foster care for permanent, nurturing families. On this day, 400 cities across the country will join Los Angeles in opening their courthouses to finalize the adoptions of more than 5,000 children. The event marks the 20th anniversary of National Adoption Day, a collective effort to raise awareness of the more than 125,000 children waiting to be adopted from foster care in the United States. 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

In elementary school, Karen Fifer Ferry wrote that she would like to one day give birth to three children and adopt eight. The dream of adopting a child never materialized, but Karen and her husband, John, were determined to make a difference for children in need of a loving, permanent family. John and Karen saved […] Read More


Thank you, Barco Uniforms - Stories of Impact Nov 1, 2019

“Caps That Give Back” program reaches more than $1.5 million in cumulative giving By the Barco Uniforms team Barco has always been passionate about FAMILY. Our “Barco Caps That Give Back” program is representative of that passion for children and FAMILY, as every cap sold to Wendy’s® contributes $0.50 to the Dave Thomas Foundation for […] Read More


Thank you, Wendy’s of Bowling Green - Stories of Impact Nov 1, 2019

Franchise raised more than $350,000 for the Foundation in 2019 By the Wendy’s of Bowling Green team We believe in giving back and genuinely support Dave Thomas’ vision that every child will have a permanent home and loving family. That is why we “Go All Out to Sell Out” Boo! Books and Frosty Key Tags. […] Read More


Better Together: Maya and Hannah’s Story - Stories of Impact Nov 1, 2019

In June 2019, we visited Middleborough, Massachusetts to meet with Maya and Hannah Fontaine, sisters who were adopted through the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program. The girls bravely shared the incredible pain and neglect they experienced before adoption because they want other children to be adopted too. “I remember my birth parents were so drunk one […] Read More


2019 Highlights from Rita Soronen - Stories of Impact Nov 1, 2019

  DEAR FRIENDS, For more than 25 years, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has been committed to dramatically increasing the number of adoptions of children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. In the 2019 annual report, we are pleased to highlight the signature programs, partnerships and awareness-building efforts that are helping to achieve […] Read More


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