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Update on Niyah and Elias’ Story: A team worth rooting for - Stories of Impact Jul 6, 2022

Kameca and Jamar adopted Niyah and Elias through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program, in partnership with the state of Mississippi. The Foundation recently reconnected with the family, who now lives in Texas, to see how they were doing. Read More


Supporter Spotlight: Paul Prassa - Stories of Impact Jul 6, 2022

Paul Prassa is a Strategic Account Manager for Henny Penny, an equipment manufacturer for The Wendy’s Company. Adopted as a newborn, Paul recently spoke with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption about how adoption shaped his life. Read More


How to Scale a Nonprofit Program, Featuring Rita Soronen on The Nonprofit MBA Podcast - In the News Jul 28, 2022

To increase impact, nonprofits need to scale up by seeking innovative ways to expand their programs so they can reach larger populations, easier. The scaling process involves identifying a gap that needs to be filled and finding where you can step in by leveraging a working strategy. In this podcast, Rita Soronen from Dave Thomas […] Read More


Adopting! The Podcast: Foster Care Adoption with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption - In the News Jun 1, 2022

Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Foundation, joined host Nicole Witt on a recent episode of Adopting! The Podcast.  Nicole and Rita discussed findings from the 2022 U.S. Adoption and Foster Care Attitudes Survey and debunked common myths surrounding foster care adoption, including: Myth: It is too expensive to adopt Adopting from foster care is not expensive. […] Read More


Celebrating the life-changing impact of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® Professionals - In the News May 26, 2022

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 creativity, perseverance and unwavering commitment of the entire Wendy’s Wonderful Kids community in serving the most vulnerable children lingering in foster care across the […] Read More


Love Goes the Distance: Jermesha, Floyd and Jermain’s Story - Stories of Impact Apr 29, 2022

For five long years, siblings Jermesha, Floyd and Jermain were in foster care without a safe, permanent place to call home. Their story changed when they were referred to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. With help from adoption professional Edna, Mark and Celeste adopted the siblings in 2020, and the children now have the stability and permanency to enjoy childhood. Read More


Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Expands Foster Care Adoption Program Statewide in Mississippi - In the News Apr 27, 2022

On April 27, 2022, the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services (MDCPS) kicked off a new partnership with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. This partnership expands Wendy’s Wonderful Kids®, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The two organizations share a key belief: every child deserves a permanent, loving home. Read More


An Unbreakable Bond: Dawson and Dalton’s Story - Stories of Impact Apr 6, 2022

After more than three years in foster care, Dawson and Dalton were adopted by Robbin and Steven, of Florida, through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program in partnership with Adopt America Network. Read More


Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Received Major Gift from MacKenzie Scott - In the News Mar 30, 2022

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption received an unconditional, multi-million dollar donation from philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott to help advance its mission of dramatically increasing the number of adoptions of children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Read More


More than 500 Children Adopted Through Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption-Canada Program - In the News Mar 14, 2022

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption-Canada is proud to announce that its Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program, in partnership with provincial governments, Ontario Children’s Aid Societies, adoption agencies and adoption professionals, has helped find permanent homes for more than 500 children in Canada since 2006. Read More


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