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Hear from leaders about the impact of offering adoption and foster care benefits

Leaders of some of the organizations recognized as 2024 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces and Adoption Advocates offered their thoughts to inspire others to support employees becoming an adoptive or foster parent. Read More

Aging Out of Foster Care: Jahmie’s Story

Jahmie grew up in a tumultuous environment, experiencing abuse, neglect and pervasive drug use that made his home unsafe. At 13, Jahmie was placed in foster care and separated from his siblings. He spent the next five years bouncing between different foster homes before aging out of the system at 18. Read More

Special Moments with Mom

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. Read More

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Professionals Gather at Annual Summit to Collaborate and Celebrate Impact

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption welcomed more than 600 child welfare professionals to Columbus, Ohio, April 23–25, for the 2024 Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Summit. During this annual event, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters and supervisors from across the United States and Canada come together to learn, collaborate and celebrate their life-changing impact in service of the longest-waiting children in foster care. Read More

Jane’s Story: Because my daughter is my world, adoption means the world to me.

I am Jane Waldman … an adoptive mom and a supporter of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the wonderful work the organization does on behalf of adoptive parents and children. I am passionate about advocating for adoption as it is a wonderful way to become a family and change the life of a waiting child. Read More

The Love and Support of Family: Samantha’s Story

Born with complex medical challenges, Samantha was placed into foster care as an infant due to medical neglect. She waited 14 long years for a permanent family. Thankfully, everything changed when Ken and Aaryn adopted Samantha with support from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and her Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter, Amy. Read More

New York Life’s Commitment to Support Employees through their Adoption Journey

JC, a New York Life employee, and his wife decided to grow their family through adoption. JC’s employer guided them with resources and support every step of the way. Today, JC’s family is thriving and feels grateful for the extraordinary support they received. Read More

Beyond the Workplace: How TransUnion Supported Tara Through Her Adoption Journey

As a Product Management Advisor for TransUnion, Tara felt confident in the adoption benefits offered through her employer. With the support of her organization, Tara adopted for the second time. Today, her family is complete and enjoying every moment together. Read More

Nutter’s Adoption Benefits Program Help Make Maggie’s Dream a Reality

Maggie, an attorney at Nutter, and her wife became parents through adoption with the support of Maggie’s employer. Through the organization’s adoption benefits program, Maggie’s travel expenses and immediate needs, like diapers, were reimbursed. Today, Maggie’s family is complete and they are grateful for the support they received along the way. Read More

How NFI Helped Jessica’s Dream of Becoming a Parent Come True

Jessica, an executive assistant at NFI, often dreamed about becoming a parent. When she and her wife decided to become foster parents, their lives changed. After fostering an 18-month-old boy, the couple discovered he had an older brother who was also in need of a forever family. In 2022, the couple adopted the boys together with the support of NFI’s adoption benefits. Read More

The Impact of Adoption Benefits: How Charles River Laboratories Helped April Grow Her Family

April, Sr. Manager of Client Services at Charles River Laboratories, and her partner decided to grow their family through adoption. Using the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Adoption-Friendly Workplace toolkit, April started the adoption benefits conversation with her employer. In 2017, April and her family adopted a baby boy and became the first recipients of Charles River Laboratories adoption benefits. Read More

How Rockefeller Group Supported Brian through Foster Care Adoption

When Brian, Assistant VP of Corporate Communications at Rockefeller Group, and his wife became foster parents, their life changed. Through foster care, the couple adopted their son, Nicholas. With the support of his employer’s adoption benefits, Brian was able to take time off work to attend court dates, appointments and to transition into his parenthood journey. Read More