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Every Child in Foster Care Deserves a Permanent Home and Loving Family - In the News Dec 5, 2019

National Adoption Month, held every November, is a special time each year to celebrate families that have grown through adoption and raise awareness of the more than 125,000 children still waiting to be adopted from foster care in the United States. "The importance of ensuring that every child has a permanent home and a loving family can’t be ignored," writes Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Foundation, in this op-ed for The Chronicle of Social Change. Read More


Better Together: Sisters impacted by drug epidemic find forever family - Stories of Impact Dec 5, 2019

Maya and Hannah spent six long years in and out of foster care as their parents battled addiction. In 2017, the sisters were adopted by Dana and Barbara Fontaine, of Massachusetts, through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption's Wendy's Wonderful Kids program. The family shared their story with Boston 25 News. Read More


National Adoption Day: There is still a national crisis - In the News Dec 5, 2019

On the 20th anniversary of National Adoption Day, Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption; Cynthia Billey, Director of the Foster Care Adoption Program at Alliance for Children's Rights; and Judge Michael Nash, Director of the Los Angeles County Office of Child Protection, call for action to address the growing need to find adoptive homes for children waiting in foster care. "As leaders in this movement, we are sounding the alarm: people must start talking and taking action to ensure that every child has a permanent home and a loving family." Read More


Worth Your Time Podcast: Rita Soronen - In the News Dec 5, 2019

Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, joined Ericka Andersen on the Worth Your Time podcast to discuss how the Foundation is working to find loving, permanent homes for children who have been waiting in foster care the longest, including teenagers, children with special needs and siblings. Read More


Children are Waiting: Fostering and Adopting from Foster Care - In the News Dec 5, 2019

There is an increasing over-representation of minority, older and LGBTQ children in foster care. "With the increase of children entering the complex child welfare system, it is essential to maximize every avenue to find permanency and stability for these children," writes Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Foundation, in this article for the Family Equality Council. Read More


Rita Soronen Interview on 610 WTVN Columbus - In the News Dec 5, 2019

Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, joined host Joel Riley on 610 WTVN in Columbus, Ohio to discuss the critical need to find loving, permanent homes for children waiting in foster care. Listen to the interview. Read More


Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Mourns the Passing of Lorraine Thomas, Board Member, Emeritus, and Long-Time Foster Care Adoption Advocate - In the News Nov 25, 2019

It is with a heavy heart that the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption shares that Lorraine Thomas, wife of our founder, Dave Thomas, passed away on November 24 surrounded by her family. “Lorraine saw, first hand, through her husband’s experience as an adoptee, that having a caring, supportive family can make all the difference in a child’s life, and her service as a board member was instrumental to advancing the Foundation’s impact across North America,” said Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Read More


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


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