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Love Them No Matter What - Stories of Impact Apr 16, 2019

By Robyn Oldenburg Robyn Oldenburg, of Washington, adopted her daughter, Winter, through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids. Robyn says when she learned of the need for teenagers to be adopted, she was moved to action. Winter was in foster care for nine years before she came home to me. […] Read More


Supporter Spotlight: Austen Truslow - Stories of Impact Apr 16, 2019

Professional golfer, Austen Truslow, is on a journey to achieve his dream of playing on the PGA Tour. Last year, he launched a campaign to help children in foster care realize their dreams of a permanent, loving family. “Golf is an individual sport, and it can sometimes feel as if you are only serving yourself,” […] Read More


Adoption-Friendly Workplace: Bank of America - Stories of Impact Apr 16, 2019

After spending more than six years in foster care, Miah was adopted by the McClellan family when she was 15 years old. “I knew I had room for children in my home and my heart,” says her mother, Charita. Charita is an employee of Bank of America, which has been recognized on the Dave Thomas […] Read More


Love Makes a Family - Stories of Impact Apr 9, 2019

By Krista Stotler Krista Stotler and her husband, Larry, of Texas, have adopted five children from foster care, including siblings Steven, Celeste and Elijah through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids. They are a self-described “fast-paced, active, fun, God-loving, gospel-sharing, animal-loving, board-game-playing, movie-binging, love-one-another, forgive-along-the-way family.” Adoption is tremendous. It […] Read More


Thank You, Dave and Frances Postowoj - Stories of Impact Mar 26, 2019

“Family is the single most important influence in your life,” says Dave Postowoj, a Wendy’s franchisee in Ontario, Canada and a longtime supporter of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Dave lost his wife, Frances, in 2016 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Before she passed away, the couple decided to include a gift […] Read More


Every day is a new adventure - Stories of Impact Mar 26, 2019

By Carly Calhoun Carly Calhoun 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. They want anyone considering adoption to know that children in foster […] Read More


Supporter Spotlight: Sean Niklas - Stories of Impact Feb 21, 2019

Sean Niklas is President of Saren Restaurants, Inc., a Wendy’s franchisee in Chicago, IL. Adopted as a newborn, he has committed his life to giving back through his restaurants and as a longtime supporter of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. By Sean Niklas My life truly began five days after I was brought into […] Read More


Children never outgrow the need for family - Stories of Impact Feb 11, 2019

How Wendy’s Wonderful Kids is changing lives in Louisiana By Donna Edwards, First Lady of Louisiana Over the past three years, Louisiana has been transforming our approach to foster care and adoption. In 2016, our Department of Children and Family Services launched statewide implementation of the Quality Parenting Initiative, a team approach to foster care […] Read More


Q&A: Jocelyne Raymond, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter - Stories of Impact Feb 1, 2019

Through its signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption-Canada provides grants to child welfare organizations to hire and train recruiters in our Child-Focused Recruitment Model. A rigorous, five-year evaluation of the model in the U.S. revealed that it is up to three times more effective at serving children who have been […] Read More


Thank You, Wendy’s Franchisees in Ontario - Stories of Impact Jan 28, 2019

Thanks to the generosity of our dedicated partners and donors in Canada, the Foundation is making significant progress in expanding our signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids. Today, the Foundation is funding adoption recruiters in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan who are dedicated to finding adoptive families for the […] Read More


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