Wendy's Wonderful Kids®

Through its signature Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program, the Foundation provides funding to adoption agencies to hire recruiters who implement an evidence-based, child-focused recruitment model.

Research has proven the model to be up to three times more effective at serving children who have been in foster care the longest, including teenagers, sibling groups and children with special needs.

Child-Focused Recruitment Model

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters work with smaller caseloads of children, ensuring they have the time and resources to give each child as much attention as he or she deserves. By the time these children are referred to a recruiter:

  • 90% are older than age 8
  • 33% have had six or more placements
  • 52% have been in foster care more than four years

Dedicated to finding the best homes for youth, the adoption recruiters start with familiar circles of family, friends and neighbors and then reach out to the communities in which they live.

Find a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids partner agency in your area.

Explore research showing the impact of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids and the Foundation’s evidence-based, child-focused recruitment model.

Our Impact

In 2017, the Foundation launched an ambitious 12-year business plan to scale the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Program expansion began in Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina and Washington. In 2018, we added Colorado and Utah to our list of scaling states while continuing to hire adoption recruiters and build momentum across North America. Read “Wendy’s Wonderful Kids: The Biggest Game in Adoption Today,” as featured in the July 2018 issue of Chronicles of Social Change.

“Taking Wendy’s Wonderful Kids to scale in all 50 states and D.C. by 2028 is an ambitious plan, but one that is based on more than a decade of measured development and growth.”   

— Rita Soronen, President & CEO