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Supporter Spotlight: Sean Niklas - Blog 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 - Blog 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 - Canada 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 - Canada 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

Love Has No Boundaries - Canada Jan 23, 2019

By Kathryn Connors Kathryn Connors and her husband, John Amy, 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. Kathryn works for Adopt4Life, which seeks to build a community of […] Read More

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work - Blog Jan 16, 2019

By Kameca Broom Kameca and her husband, Jamar, adopted Elias and Niyah through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. The Brooms, who live in Mississippi, hope that anyone considering foster care adoption sees it as a higher calling. Adoption is choosing to love someone who you will teach how to love others unconditionally. My […] Read More

These wonderful kids just want to know you love them - Canada Dec 14, 2018

By Michelle Renaud, Windsor, Ontario My husband, Scott, and I knew we wanted to expand our family. We have so much fun together and love each other so much. But we had more love to give, and we wanted a child to share in the fun. We met our son, Colton, through the Dave Thomas Foundation […] Read More

State of Adoption in Massachusetts - Video Nov 20, 2018

In November 2018, Boston 25 News aired “State of Adoption,” a 30-minute TV special focused on how and why adoption is changing in Massachusetts. The program, which was hosted by reporter Blair Miller, an adoptive dad, featured an interview with the Foundation’s President & CEO, Rita Soronen, in which she discussed the critical need for […] Read More

He Is A Wonderful Light - Video Nov 17, 2018

The Tomberlins, of Houston, TX, adopted their son, Alex, from foster care with support from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program and adoption recruiter, Chelsey Castro. “Alex is a wonderful light,” says his dad, Jeff Tomberlin. “He’s brought a lot of fun and energy to our family.” During National Adoption Month […] Read More

Our Child is Perfect, Even When He Isn’t - Blog Nov 6, 2018

By Sadie Marshall-Corley Sadie and her husband, Cody, adopted their son, Latrell, through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. The Corleys, who live in Louisiana, want to raise awareness about the importance of foster care adoption, and specifically, the critical need to find permanent, loving homes for teenagers in foster care.     […] Read More