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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

Mike Zak Joins Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Board of Trustees - In the News Aug 3, 2020

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption welcomed Mike Zak as a member of its board of trustees, serving a three-year term. Zak is the owner of The Wenzak Companies, a Wendy’s® franchise organization, which owns 35 restaurants in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. "I can’t think of a better way to honor my friend [Dave Thomas] than to serve in this role and encourage others to support the Foundation’s commitment to finding permanent, loving homes for children waiting to be adopted from foster care.” Read More

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Expands Foster Care Adoption Program Statewide in Michigan - In the News Jul 29, 2020

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is proud to announce an expansion of its signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids®, to find adoptive homes for children in Michigan's foster care system. This unique public-private partnership between the Foundation and the State of Michigan will fund 37 adoption professionals to serve youth at highest risk of aging out of foster care. Read More

Siblings now have a forever home after virtual adoption in Washington - In the News Jul 28, 2020

Washington — "Now, we have a forever home," says Lilliana, who was adopted with her siblings Michael and Roman through the Foundation's Wendy's Wonderful Kids program. The adoption took place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

22-Year-Old Daisy Gains a Forever Family in Florida’s 100th Virtual Adoption - In the News Jul 8, 2020

Florida — "There is no hole in my heart anymore," says Daisy, who spent the first two decades of her life without a permanent home. Now, at 22, she finally has a forever family. With support from the Foundation’s Wendy's Wonderful Kids program, Daisy was adopted in Florida's milestone 100th virtual adoption. Read More