Having the support of a loving, forever family means everything to youth who once lingered in foster care. Read reflections from children served by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program and their moms.
Zach (adopted at 11) and his mom Kim
“I will find any excuse to call my mom at any time I can,” said Zach. “It’s just nice to talk to her. She is my best friend.”
“I think we’ve given Zach a home, stability, someone that’s going to be there for him no matter what,” said Kim.
Dawson (adopted at 7) and his mom Robbin
“My mom, she’s super nice,” said Dawson. “We love doing the holidays together and decorating together. Even if it’s stuff I don’t enjoy doing myself, I enjoy doing it with her.”
“I could not possibly love my sons more. They are truly the greatest most wonderful gift I was given. They will always know they were wanted and are loved beyond measure,” said Robbin.
Niyah (adopted at 5) and Elias (adopted at 4) and their mom Kameca
“(What) I love most about my family is I get to spend time with them and talk with them and play with them,” said Elias.
“(My mom) is nice and loving. (We like to) bake and go to stores and the park together,” said Niyah.
“Everything we’ve done in life since we’ve had our children has been around the things that benefit them, and the things that bring joy, and the things that can put them ahead in life,” said Kameca. “I didn’t understand what love really was until I met my children.”
Nathaniel (adopted at 15) and his mom Erin
“I know my mom loves me. She’s there for me, she makes sure I’m fed,” said Nathaniel. “She helps me reach my dreams.”
“When Nathaniel joined our home, it became a family,” said Erin. “He is such a gift to our family because he brings so much joy and happiness.”
Arleigh (adopted at 16) and her mom Nadeen
“I’m glad that I met my mom and that I have a family who cares about me and wants me to do better in life,” said Arleigh.
“My promise to my daughters is to surround them with unconditional love, wholehearted support, guidance and security,” said Nadeen.
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is dedicated to finding safe, permanent homes for the longest-waiting children in foster care across the United States and Canada. This life-changing work would not be possible without the Foundation’s caring community of supporters, including foster and adoptive parents, adoption professionals, partners and donors.
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