New York Times Highlights Impact of COVID-19 on Youth in Foster Care

Posted on January 13, 2021

Every day, more than 50 young people age out of foster care in the United States without the stability and security of a permanent, loving family. Before the COVID-19 crisis, one in five youth who aged out experienced homelessness and only 50% were employed at age 24. Now, many are also navigating this deadly pandemic and an economic recession — alone.

Through our Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption supports recruiters who are dedicated to finding adoptive homes for children who have been waiting in foster care the longest.

In an article for The New York Times, reporter David Dodge interviewed Rita Soronen about the Foundation’s work, and Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters in Missouri, New York and Texas shared how they are finding creative ways to keep adoptions moving. Parents who adopted youth through the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program in Florida and Oregon during the pandemic also shared their stories.


Will you share this article on social media to help raise awareness about the urgent need to find forever families for youth in foster care who are counting on us now, more than ever?

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