The Freedom to Dream Big: Conner’s Story

Posted on August 23, 2021

Placed in foster care when he was 7 years old, Conner spent nearly half of his young life longing for a permanent place to call home. “I moved a bunch. I really didn’t want to move that much. I didn’t think I could have a family,” he shared. Right now, more than 120,000 children, like Conner, are wa

Anthony’s Story: An Adoptee’s Journey to Discover His Past

Posted on April 28, 2021

Anthony Onesto, Chief People Officer at Suzy, was adopted as an infant and shares our belief that every child deserves a permanent home and a loving family. Now on a journey to discover his past, Anthony is telling his story to help raise awareness about adoption and the unique experiences that adop

A Forever Family for Austin

Posted on March 15, 2021

Placed in foster care at age 8, Austin spent the next three years of his young life longing for the security and stability of a permanent home. He often felt undeserving, unworthy and not capable of accomplishing anything. Fortunately, Austin’s journey changed with help from his Wendy’s Wonderful Ki

A Brighter Future for Lexi and Nick

Posted on October 23, 2020

Lexi and Nick were placed in foster care due to neglect, as their biological parents battled drug addiction and other issues. For five years, they longed for a permanent home. Fortunately, the siblings were adopted with help from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® prog

How Having a Forever Family Changed My Future

Posted on August 24, 2020

Ellie was adopted at age 19 through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program, in partnership with The Adoption Exchange in Utah. This is her story. For most of my childhood, I bounced from home to home within my biological family. In the seventh grade, a teacher notic

Edna goes the extra mile to keep siblings together

Posted on June 10, 2020

Floyd, Mark, Jermesha, Celeste, Harley, Cadence, Whitney, JR, Jermain and Shaelyn Jermesha, Floyd and Jermain were separated for five long years while in foster care before being referred to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program. Their world changed when Edna came