Share Your Adoption Story

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption wants to tell your foster care adoption story. If you adopted or were adopted from foster care, let us know how that experience has touched your life. We will contact you if we decide to share your story on our website, social media or other channels.


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“Raychelle has a bag of things that she cherishes, like some crayons and a puzzle. Before her adoption day, she was never without it, and got really upset if anyone tried to take it from her. But after her adoption, Raychelle started leaving the bag in her room. She finally felt safe enough to let her guard down and trust that her bag would be there waiting for her. That’s when I knew she really understood we were her forever family.” – Laverne Moore-Jenkins


“When CJ joined us, he was pretty small. For his first three years here, he didn’t grow much at all. I was starting to get a little worried. But then, once his behavior was really improved and he felt safe, he grew. I’m so delighted with how he’s thriving. At our last track meet, CJ ran the mile. And even though he was at least a lap behind the other racers, everyone in the stands and on the team was cheering for him. ‘Go CJ!’ That’s exactly what life is supposed to be about: cheering for the people who are trying their hardest.”– Dee Marks

Kota & Steven

“Our kids needed three things: a forever family that would never give up on them, no matter the issue; love; and a second chance. Without the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters, we would have never found Kota or Steven. They would not have been able to grow and be part of a family that gives them that chance, that love and that security.” – Chris Mace