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

Hope Through the Darkness

Posted on April 9, 2021

By Rita L. Soronen, President & CEO One year ago, our world changed dramatically and in ways we could never have imagined as COVID-19 spread, closing schools, shutting down businesses and leaving us with unrelenting separation and longing for the physical connection of family and friends. As the

A Statement in Support of Justice

Posted on March 23, 2021

At the heart of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s work is the belief that justice and the right to be free of fear and harm must be equally applied to all of our children. Racism can have no home in our hearts The murders of Ahmaud Abrery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade and so man

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

The Forgotten Adoption Option Podcast

Posted on February 24, 2021

Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, joined Marcy Bursac on her podcast, The Forgotten Adoption Option. Marcy is an author and blogger who adopted two siblings from foster care. “Every child deserves a family ― not just some children ― but every child…,

10,000 adoptions and so much more

Posted on February 11, 2021

Dear Friends, More than a decade ago, as children continued to leave foster care without a permanent family and at alarming rates, we realized that the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption needed to do much more to fulfill our mission of “dramatically increasing the number of adoptions of children wa