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More needed to help foster children who age out of care - In the News Feb 19, 2019

Through our signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption-Canada is working to find adoptive homes for the more than 30,000 children waiting in Canada’s foster care system. The Toronto Sun spoke to the Foundation’s President & CEO, Rita Soronen, about how the program is making a difference for older youth at […] 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

Partnership with Ontario Ministry helps find adoptive homes for children in foster care - In the News Jan 29, 2019

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption-Canada partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services leads the way in finding adoptive homes for children at greatest risk of aging out of foster care.   Burlington, ON — Today, more than 30,000 children are waiting to be adopted from foster care in Canada. The hard […] 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

Love Has No Boundaries - Stories of Impact 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 - Stories of Impact 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 - Stories of Impact 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

Thank You to Supporters of the Italian Gathering - Events Dec 1, 2018

Barry Boyles, co-founder of the Italian Gathering car show in Columbus, Ohio, presented the Foundation with a check for $20,000 raised during the 13th annual event in September 2018. Thank you to event hosts Primary Aim LLC, a Wendy’s franchisee in Central Ohio, and Evans Automotive for your continued support of our mission!   Interested […] Read More

Never Too Old for Family - In the News Nov 30, 2018

By Rita L. Soronen, President & CEO This article was originally published in the November 2018 issue of Adoptive Families magazine.     “Home is where one starts from.” These simple words are from a poem by T.S. Eliot. For most of us, home and family are a given and, at times, something we might […] Read More