Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Mourns the Passing of Lorraine Thomas, Board Member, Emeritus, and Long-Time Foster Care Adoption Advocate

Posted on November 25, 2019

Lorraine Thomas

It is with a heavy heart that the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption shares that Lorraine Thomas, wife of our founder, Dave Thomas, passed away on November 24 surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Thomas shared her husband Dave’s vision to create the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption more than 25 years ago with one goal — to ensure that every child in foster care has a permanent home and a loving family.

Serving as an emeritus member of the Foundation’s board of trustees for nearly two decades, Mrs. Thomas passionately advocated for our mission of dramatically increasing the number of adoptions of children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. She also actively volunteered her time and support toward foster care adoption in South Florida, where she lived later in life.

“Lorraine saw, first hand, through her husband’s experience as an adoptee, that having a caring, supportive family can make all the difference in a child’s life, and her service as a board member was instrumental to advancing the Foundation’s impact across North America,” said Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

“On behalf of the Foundation’s staff and board of trustees, we extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to the Thomas family during this difficult time.”


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