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Run, CJ! Run! - Stories of Impact Aug 23, 2019

Dee Marks adopted her son, CJ, at age 9 through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption's Wendy's Wonderful Kids program. Now 16, CJ has developed a love of running. "Running has been such a positive force in CJ’s life," Dee writes. "It keeps him healthy physically and emotionally. And, he is calmer and more focused at school." Read CJ's story. Read More

Every child in Louisiana deserves a loving family - Stories of Impact Aug 1, 2019

Three years ago, Louisiana began transforming its vision of foster care and adoption. Governor John Bel Edwards writes about how the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Wendy's Wonderful Kids is playing a vital role in this effort to ensure that every child in Louisiana has the opportunity to grow up in a safe, loving and permanent home. Read More

Thank you, Bruce McKenna - Stories of Impact Jul 29, 2019

Bruce McKenna is a member of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®-Canada’s board of trustees. He reflects on his service and the Foundation’s impact on children in foster care. I have been an advocate for foster care adoption for more than 20 years. In the 1990s, I had the pleasure of serving on a committee […] Read More

A Place to Call Home - Stories of Impact Jun 26, 2019

After aging out of the foster care system, Joe Toles has committed his life to ensuring other at-risk youth always have a place to call home. In 2010, Joe welcomed Xavier into his New York City home, the first of seven sons he adopted from foster care. Four of the boys were adopted with support from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. Read More

Celebrating Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiters and Supervisors - Stories of Impact Jun 26, 2019

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. These individuals are representative of the nearly 600 Wendy's Wonderful Kids recruiters and supervisors who are leaders and heroes for all that they do every day. Read More

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