How Fifth Third Bank Helped Deneen Become A Parent

Posted on July 8, 2024

Deneen and her husband, David, dreamed of starting a family of their own. With the support of Deneen’s employer, Firth Third Bank, adoption became a possibility for the couple.  When Deneen and David adopted their daughter, Fifth Third Bank’s adoption reimbursement benefit helped cover their le

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Forming Unbreakable Bonds Toward Hope and Healing: Preston’s Story

Posted on June 26, 2024

South Carolina — Preston was placed in foster care after experiencing abuse as his biological mother struggled with substance use. After being in foster care for a short time, he was adopted by a family in Nebraska who moved to South Carolina.   Sadly, the trauma that Preston had experienc

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My World Is So Much Brighter

Posted on June 25, 2024

The Foundation originally shared Maci’s adoption story in October 2018. We caught up with her in June 2024 to hear how having the support of a permanent, loving family has changed her journey. Maci, Chris (dad), Christopher, Gigi (mom) and Carolyn Adopted just 51 days before her 18th birthday, Maci

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How Carter’s, Inc. Supported Hannah Through Foster Care Adoption 

Posted on June 12, 2024

Hannah, Senior Director of Ecommerce Site Merchandising at Carter’s, Inc., opened her home as a foster parent to Hayden. After fostering him for a year, Hannah adopted Hayden when he was 3 years old. The stability of a permanent family provided Hayden with the support and love he needed to thrive.

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How Fatherhood Can Change A Life

Posted on June 1, 2024

From teaching their child how to ride a bike, to cheering them on in school activities, to sharing favorite hobbies, there is nothing like the heartwarming bond between a father and their child. Read some of the ways fatherhood has made an impact on the lives of Ken, Jamar, Brian, James and Geffrey,

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Special Moments with Mom

Posted on May 2, 2024

Having the support of a loving, forever family means everything to youth who once lingered in foster care. Read reflections from children served by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program and their moms. Pictured: Emilie, Harlow (sister) and Merriah. Merriah (a

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Jane’s Story: Because my daughter is my world, adoption means the world to me.

Posted on February 29, 2024

Jane Waldman and her daughter, Elaina Braverman (adopted at age 3) I am Jane Waldman … an adoptive mom and a supporter of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the wonderful work the organization does on behalf of adoptive parents and children. I am passionate about advocating for adoption as

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The Love and Support of Family: Samantha’s Story

Posted on January 10, 2024

Ohio — Born with health challenges that required a triple organ transplant, Samantha was placed into foster care as an infant due to medical neglect. Her biological family was unable to care for her complex needs. And for the next 14 years, Samantha moved in and out of foster homes. Thankfully, ever

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The Power of Adoption Benefits at Bank of America: Felicia’s Story

Posted on November 27, 2023

Felicia, an executive in the Expansion Markets Division at Bank of America, started her adoption journey almost six years ago. She and her partner, Ruth, had contemplated adoption for several years but had never found the right time. Everything changed when they were introduced to three sisters who

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