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Joe Turner Named Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Board of Trustees Chair - In the News Jan 21, 2021

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption announced today that Joe Turner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Sun Management, has been elected as chair of its board of trustees. "This is a thrill for me," Turner said. "I am proud to be named the chair of the Foundation’s board of trustees and will do everything I can to promote its mission and to continue its unprecedented success in finding forever families for children in foster care." Read More


New York Times Highlights Impact of COVID-19 on Youth in Foster Care - In the News Jan 13, 2021

In an article for The New York Times, reporter David Dodge interviewed Rita Soronen about the Foundation’s work, and Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters in New York, Missouri and Texas shared how they are finding creative ways to keep adoptions moving. Parents who adopted youth through the program also shared their stories. Read More


Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Celebrates 500 Adoptions from Foster Care in North Carolina - In the News Dec 15, 2020

Columbus, Ohio — The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is proud to announce that more than 500 children have been adopted from foster care in North Carolina through our signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids®, in partnership with Children’s Home Society of North Carolina. “Our collaborative efforts to keep adoptions moving virtually during the pandemic have never been more important," said Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Foundation. Read More


Children in foster care could use extra support this holiday season - In the News Dec 10, 2020

Dayton, Ohio — This holiday season, many children in foster care are navigating the COVID-19 crisis without the stability and security of a permanent family. As the Foundation continues to work around the clock to find safe, permanent homes for these children, there are several ways you can get involved to help. Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Foundation, shared more in an interview with WDTN. Read More


Dave Thomas Foundation aims to match every foster child with a forever family - In the News Nov 25, 2020

Columbus, Ohio — Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Foundation, and Matthew Snider, a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids adoption professional in central Ohio, spoke with The Columbus Dispatch to share how the Foundation is working tirelessly to find safe, permanent homes for children waiting in foster care. “We don't want people to think that any work on behalf of these children has paused,” said Soronen. “In fact, it's accelerated to make sure that they can get home quicker and safer.” Read More


National Adoption Day Looks Different This Year But Is More Important Than Ever - In the News Nov 20, 2020

Columbus, Ohio — While National Adoption Day will look different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration of new families coming together through adoption is no less important…in fact, it’s more important than ever. “In these challenging times, it’s up to all of us to band together to change the journey for these youth before it’s too late. From mentoring to fostering and adoption to spreading the word on social media, no act is too small to make a difference," writes Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Foundation. Read More


Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Celebrates 500 Adoptions from Foster Care in Kentucky - In the News Nov 15, 2020

Columbus, Ohio — The Foundation is proud to announce that more than 500 children have been adopted from foster care in Kentucky through our signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids®, in partnership with the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services and adoption professionals across the state. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear says reaching this landmark number is especially encouraging as the COVID-19 pandemic creates even more instability and uncertainty for children in foster care. Read More


Five Ways to Help During National Adoption Month - In the News Nov 4, 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis creates even more instability and uncertainty in the lives of children in foster care, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is working around the clock to find forever families for youth in foster care before it’s too late. But we can’t do it alone. Explore five ways you can help spread the word during National Adoption Month this November to help us find permanent homes and loving families for children who are waiting to be adopted. Read More


Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Releases 2020 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List - In the News Oct 21, 2020

Columbus, Ohio — The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption released its 14th 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 score participants based on three criteria: financial reimbursement, paid leave and — new in 2020 — the percentage of employees eligible for those benefits. Read More


Podcast: Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Adoption Professionals Foster Hope During COVID-19 Pandemic - In the News Sep 1, 2020

Adoption professionals — Chelsey of Utah, Shantell of New York and Tasha of Indiana — recently joined actress, singer and foster care adoption advocate, Jen Lilley, on the Fostering Hope podcast to share how COVID-19 is impacting children waiting to be adopted from foster care. Read More


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