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Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Announces 2021 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces™ List - In the News Oct 4, 2021

Annual survey of employers reveals increased investment in adoption benefits Columbus, Ohio — The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption today released its annual Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list recognizing organizations with the most robust adoption benefit programs. The Foundation partnered with RTI International, an independent, nonprofit research institute, to survey employers across the United States and […] Read More

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Expands Foster Care Adoption Program Statewide in Indiana - In the News Oct 4, 2021

Public-private partnership will find adoptive families for longest-waiting youth Columbus, Ohio — The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a national nonprofit public charity, is proud to announce an expansion of its signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids®, to find adoptive homes for children in Indiana’s foster care system. This unique public-private partnership between the Indiana Department […] Read More

Celebrating Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® Recruiters and Supervisors: Everyday Heroes for Children in Foster Care - In the News Jul 15, 2021

Being a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids adoption professional takes more than understanding the child-focused recruitment model. It’s about being an advocate, a true cheerleader for children waiting in foster care. It takes persistence, compassion and strategic thinking to successfully find the right family for every child. Because last year’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Summit was canceled due to the pandemic, the Foundation announced both the 2020 and 2021 Supervisor and Recruiter of the Year awards during this year’s virtual event and shared highlights of their life-changing impact. Read More

Chris Garrah Joins Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption-Canada Board of Directors - In the News Jun 2, 2021

Burlington, ON — The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption-Canada recently welcomed Chris Garrah, a partner at the law firm of McMillan LLP in Toronto, as a member of its board of directors. “Every child deserves a loving, forever family and the chance for a bright future,” said Chris. “I am honored for the opportunity to serve on the Foundation’s board of directors and help give more of Canada’s most vulnerable youth in foster care the permanent homes they deserve.” Read More

The Imprint Weekly Podcast: How the Foundation is Finding Adoptive Homes for Children in Foster Care - In the News May 4, 2021

Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Foundation, joined John Kelly, senior editor for The Imprint, on the publication’s weekly podcast. John and Rita discuss current issues in child welfare and how the Foundation’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program is working to find permanent, loving homes for our nation’s most vulnerable youth waiting to be adopted from foster care. Read More

Hope Through the Darkness - In the News Apr 9, 2021

During one of the most difficult times in our nation’s history, we worked relentlessly to help give thousands of vulnerable children a forever home and the chance for a brighter future. No matter what challenges come our way, by continuing to work together, by striving much harder for just and equitable systems and communities for our children, and by staying committed to our core belief that every child deserves a safe and permanent home, we will fulfill the dream of a family and a home. Read More

A Statement in Support of Justice - In the News Mar 23, 2021

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is steadfast in our commitment to social justice. We must work together to create a future that our children deserve and one that upholds and celebrates the hope of childhood and justice and equality for all. Read More

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program finds adoptive homes for youth, like Sarah - In the News Mar 5, 2021

Dayton, Ohio — Sarah spent four and a half long years in foster care waiting for a safe, permanent family. Fortunately, her journey changed when she was adopted through our Wendy's Wonderful Kids program in 2019. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption recently celebrated the milestone of 10,000 adoptions through the program. “No kid should ever be put in the ‘unadoptable’ category,” says Sarah's mom, Robin. “Kids just need somebody who’s ‘theirs.’” Read More

The Forgotten Adoption Option Podcast - In the News Feb 24, 2021

Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, joined Marcy Bursac on her podcast, The Forgotten Adoption Option. Marcy is an author and blogger who adopted two siblings from foster care. Read More

10,000 adoptions and so much more - In the News Feb 11, 2021

"Together, we changed 10,000 lives in the most profound, lasting way," writes Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Foundation, reflecting on the milestone of more than 10,000 adoptions through Wendy's Wonderful Kids. "Ten thousand children now have mom or dad to tuck them in at night and greet them in the morning, to comfort them and to share the joys of everyday life, and to be there every step of the way..." Read More