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The Freedom to Dream Big: Conner’s Story - Stories of Impact Aug 23, 2021

North Carolina - Placed in foster care when he was 7, Conner spent nearly half of his young life longing for a permanent place to call home. “I moved a bunch. I really didn’t want to move that much. I didn’t think I could have a family,” he shared. Fortunately, Conner was adopted at age 12 by James and Jayme through the Foundation’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program and has the comfort and security he deserves. Read More


Anthony’s Story: An Adoptee’s Journey to Discover His Past - Stories of Impact Apr 28, 2021

Anthony Onesto, Chief People Officer at Suzy, was adopted as an infant and shares our belief that every child deserves a permanent home and a loving family. Now on a journey to discover his past, Anthony is telling his story to help raise awareness about adoption and the unique experiences that adoptees face. Read More


Charlie’s Journey As A Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® Adoption Recruiter - Stories of Impact Mar 30, 2021

Washington — Adopted as an infant, Charlie realized in college that his dream career would be to help find permanent, loving families for other children in need. Today, he is living that dream as a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® adoption recruiter in Washington. Through our Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption supports the hiring of recruiters, like Charlie, who serve youth in foster care who are most often overlooked, including teenagers, children with special needs and siblings. Read More


A Forever Family for Austin - Stories of Impact Mar 15, 2021

Placed in foster care at age 8, Austin spent the next three years longing for the security and stability of a permanent home. Fortunately, Austin’s journey changed with help from his Wendy’s Wonderful Kids adoption recruiter, Chelsey. Austin says adoption means he finally has a family who will help him along the way through life’s ups and downs. “I’m happier,” he shares. “I have a family, I have friends, and I can be myself.” Read More


A Forever Family for Zach - Stories of Impact Jan 28, 2021

West Virginia — Some of Zach’s earliest memories are of living in dirty motels with little food and no clean clothes. For five long years, he moved between his biological family and foster care with no permanent place to call home. Fortunately, his journey changed when he was adopted at age 11 through our Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. Now 19, Zach is thriving in college on a full scholarship. Read More


A Place to Call Home — Together: Michael, Roman and Lilliana’s Adoption Story - Stories of Impact Dec 15, 2020

Washington — Siblings Michael, Roman and Lilliana often lived in separate foster homes as their biological parents struggled with addiction. Thankfully, the siblings were adopted in June by their foster mom, Terri, through the Foundation’s Wendy's Wonderful Kids program and finally have the chance to be together. Read More


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


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