Building Trust and an Unbreakable Bond: Merriah’s Story

Posted on September 11, 2023

New York — Merriah was placed in foster care when she was 6 years old after enduring abuse and neglect. For nine long years, she moved between multiple foster homes and her mother’s home. As the years went by, Merriah lost hope that she would ever have a permanent family.   “I didn’t thin

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Building Bright Futures for Youth in Foster Care

Posted on August 22, 2023

As young people head back to school this fall, many are excited about the new friends they will make or subjects they will learn. But for the more than 113,000 children waiting to be adopted from foster care in the United States, it may be hard to focus on school when they are worried they may have

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Better Together: Hailey, Jayden, Alexis and Jase’s Story

Posted on June 23, 2023

Kentucky — For nearly two years, siblings Hailey, Jayden, Alexis and Jase lingered in foster care after experiencing abuse and neglect. They longed for a permanent place to call home where they could grow up together.  That’s when Jayden bravely reached out to someone he trusted — his fifth-gra

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The Bond of a Father and Son: Ernesto and Jeff’s Story

Posted on June 2, 2023

Ohio — At 6 years old, Ernesto (“Ernie”) was found wandering the streets, trying to find food. Not receiving the care he needed, he was placed in foster care and waited for a permanent home for eight long years.  “I was a little stressed out because I’ve moved around, I think four or five

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Q&A with David Ambroz, author of “A Place Called Home”

Posted on May 19, 2023

By Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption There are no more critical voices in this business than those with lived experience. David Ambroz has a powerful voice and a compelling and very difficult story that he has shared in “A Place Called Home.” His rive

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The Bond of Family: Johnathan and Patty’s Story

Posted on April 4, 2023

Arizona — Johnathan and Patty were placed in foster care due to neglect as their biological mother struggled with drug addiction. Scared for their future, Johnathan vividly remembers the night they were removed from their house.  “It was just me and my little sister,” said Johnathan. “I was pre

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If The Walls Could Talk – TV

The teen featured in this TV PSA bravely shared their lived experiences prior to being placed into foster care. If the Walls Could Talk aims to shine a light on the circumstances from which children are removed and placed into foster care. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption works tirelessly to

Hilton Grand Vacations’ Adoption Benefits Support Family-First Culture

Posted on December 14, 2022

Dan, an employee of Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV), and his wife, Jayne, vividly remember the 4 a.m. phone call they received that forever changed their lives. They had been waiting for that call for years since deciding to grow their family through adoption.  A baby girl had just been born and w

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