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Building Fund Donors

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is pleased to recognize our Building Fund Campaign donors who generously gave $10,000 or more to help with the build-out and ongoing management of our new forever home. Read More

Celebrating the life-changing impact of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Professionals

During the 2022 Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Summit, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption announced the recipients of our Recruiter and Supervisor of the Year awards. These professionals are representatives of the unwavering commitment of the entire Wendy’s Wonderful Kids community in serving the most vulnerable children lingering in foster care across North America. Read More

“Nature and Nurture Shape Who We Become”: Lynn’s Story

Adopted from foster care as an infant, Lynn Deiulis spent more than 25 years as an adoption worker in Canada. She is the author of “What is your story? Let’s talk about adoption and kinship.” Read More

An Update on Serenity and Kai’s Story

Kathryn and John, of Ontario, adopted three children Serenity, Malakai (Kai) and Abigail. Serenity and Kai are biological siblings who were adopted through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption-Canada’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program, in partnership with Adopt4Life. Read More

Celebrating Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiters and Supervisors: Everyday Heroes for Children in Foster Care

The Foundation is pleased to announce both the 2020 and 2021 Supervisor and Recruiter of the Year awards. These individuals are representative of the more than 600 Wendy’s Wonderful Kids adoption professionals across the United States and Canada who are leaders and heroes for all that they do every day for youth in need. Read More

Hope Through the Darkness

During one of the most difficult times in our nation’s history, the Foundation worked relentlessly to help give thousands of vulnerable children a forever home and the chance for a brighter future. In this letter, President & CEO Rita Soronen reflects on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

10,000 adoptions and so much more

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is proud to announce that its signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, has helped to find permanent homes for more than 10,000 children in foster care across the United States and Canada since 2004 — including nearly 7,300 children since scaling in states began in 2012. Read More

A Message from Rita Soronen About the COVID-19 Crisis

Our work at the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has been anything but “business as usual,” and our dedication to serving children waiting to be adopted from foster care is more important than ever. In this letter, President & CEO Rita Soronen weighs in on how the pandemic is impacting the children we serve. Read More

Celebrating Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiters and Supervisors

At the 2019 Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Summit, the Foundation recognized recruiters and supervisors of the year for their life-changing service on behalf of children in foster care who need our help the most. Read More

Every day is a new adventure

Carly and her husband, John, knew they wanted to grow their family through adoption. The couple from British Columbia has adopted six children, including siblings Alicia and Tristin through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids. Read More

Q&A: Jocelyne, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter

Through its signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption-Canada supports the hiring of adoption professionals, like Jocelyne, who are dedicated to finding permanent families for children who have been waiting in foster care the longest. Read More

Love Has No Boundaries

Kathryn and her husband, John, of Ontario, have adopted three children from foster care: Serenity, Malakai (Kai) and Abigail. Serenity and Kai, who are biological siblings, were adopted through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program in partnership with Adopt4Life. Read More
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