Teamwork Makes the Dream Work - Blog Jan 16, 2019

By Kameca Broom Kameca and her husband, Jamar, adopted Elias and Niyah through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. The Brooms, who live in Mississippi, hope that anyone considering foster care adoption sees it as a higher calling. Adoption is choosing to love someone who you will teach how to love others unconditionally. My […] Read More

These wonderful kids just want to know you love them - Blog Dec 14, 2018

By Michelle Renaud, Windsor, Ontario My husband, Scott, and I knew we wanted to expand our family. We have so much fun together and love each other so much. But we had more love to give, and we wanted a child to share in the fun. We met our son, Colton, through the Dave Thomas Foundation […] Read More

Thank You to Supporters of the Italian Gathering - Events Dec 1, 2018

Barry Boyles, co-founder of the Italian Gathering car show in Columbus, Ohio, presented the Foundation with a check for $20,000 raised during the 13th annual event in September 2018. Thank you to event hosts Primary Aim LLC, a Wendy’s franchisee in Central Ohio, and Evans Automotive for your continued support of our mission!   Interested […] Read More

Never Too Old for Family - Articles & Press Releases Nov 30, 2018

By Rita L. Soronen, President & CEO This article was originally published in the November 2018 issue of Adoptive Families magazine.     “Home is where one starts from.” These simple words are from a poem by T.S. Eliot. For most of us, home and family are a given and, at times, something we might […] Read More

Foundation Joins U.S. Senate Hearing on Permanency in Foster Care - Events Nov 27, 2018

On November 27, the Foundation’s President & CEO, Rita Soronen, participated on a panel for the U.S. Senate Caucus on Foster Youth with leaders from Child Trends, Buckner International and C.A.S.E. She shared how through the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program, the Foundation is making significant progress in our commitment to finding forever families for the more than 123,000 […] Read More

State of Adoption in Massachusetts - Video Nov 20, 2018

In November 2018, Boston 25 News aired “State of Adoption,” a 30-minute TV special focused on how and why adoption is changing in Massachusetts. The program, which was hosted by reporter Blair Miller, an adoptive dad, featured an interview with the Foundation’s President & CEO, Rita Soronen, in which she discussed the critical need for […] Read More

He Is A Wonderful Light - Video Nov 17, 2018

The Tomberlins, of Houston, TX, adopted their son, Alex, from foster care with support from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program and adoption recruiter, Chelsey Castro. “Alex is a wonderful light,” says his dad, Jeff Tomberlin. “He’s brought a lot of fun and energy to our family.” During National Adoption Month […] Read More

Serving Youth Who Need Our Help the Most - Articles & Press Releases Nov 9, 2018

By Rita L. Soronen, President & CEO This article was originally published in Adopt4Life’s blog. Children enter foster care through no fault of their own; they have been abused, neglected or abandoned. They have experienced not only the trauma of abuse, but also the grief and loss of family separation and, too often, the stress […] Read More

Our Child is Perfect, Even When He Isn’t - Blog Nov 6, 2018

By Sadie Marshall-Corley Sadie and her husband, Cody, adopted their son, Latrell, through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. The Corleys, who live in Louisiana, want to raise awareness about the importance of foster care adoption, and specifically, the critical need to find permanent, loving homes for teenagers in foster care.     […] Read More

Somebody’s Got to Be Their Voice - Video Nov 6, 2018

Michelle and Don Beauchene, of Ohio, got married in 2011. Each had four older children from previous marriages. Then, the couple decided to adopt siblings, Lily and Lucy, from foster care. Don and Michelle soon discovered that Lily and Lucy had two more siblings, Jaime and Jeremiah, who had been living with other foster families. […] Read More