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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How Hilton Grand Vacations Supported Wayne’s Path to Parenthood

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Wayne, a Customer Care Agent at Hilton Grand Vacations, and his wife have been fostering for years, opening their homes and hearts to children who need it the most. In 2019, a 10-month-old baby boy entered their home, and the couple developed a special bond with him.   The priority of the

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How Walmart Supported Julia’s Adoption Journey

Posted on November 13, 2023

In 2021, Julia, a Walmart Store Coach, lost her daughter in a car accident. Her daughter was a single mother to a 4-year-old boy, and Julia’s immediate thought was to care for him. Within 24 hours of hearing about the accident, Julia and her husband filed for emergency guardianship to care for their

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Love Makes A Family: Isaiah, Jordan and Sophia’s Story

Posted on November 3, 2023

Texas — For more than three years, Isaiah, Jordan and Sophia lingered in foster care after enduring physical abuse and neglect as their biological parents struggled with substance use. The siblings bounced from house to house, often separated from one another. “When I was in foster care, I had a lot

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National Adoption Month: 4 Ways to Make a Difference

Posted on October 27, 2023

November is National Adoption Month — a special time to celebrate families that have grown through adoption and raise awareness of the thousands of children in foster care across the United States and Canada who are waiting for someone to step forward to adopt them.   Youth like Merriah, w

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Every Child Deserves A Permanent Family: Kenya’s Story

Posted on October 4, 2023

Texas — At age 6, Kenya was placed in foster care due to abuse and neglect. After lingering in care for nine long years, she worried she would never have a permanent family.   “At one point, they said that I was going to max out in foster care, and I didn’t want that,” shared

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A Forever Family for Rhianna

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Toronto, Canada — At just 2 months old, Rhianna was placed in foster care due to neglect. She spent the next 15 years waiting for a permanent family, feeling unlovable and terrified for the future.  “I didn’t feel like anybody would want me,” shared Rhianna. “I never really celebrated my birthd

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2023 Recruiter of the Year: Andrea from Utah

Posted on September 26, 2023

During the 2023 Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® Summit, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption recognized Andrea, a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter with Raise the Future in Utah, as a Recruiter of the Year. Andrea is a passionate, diligent professional who has a special ability to connect with the childre

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2023 Recruiter of the Year: Michael from Kentucky

Posted on September 18, 2023

Michael has been a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® adoption professional at the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services since 2018. Among his peers, Michael is known for his positive attitude and unique ability to build lasting connections with the young people he serves. The Dave Thomas Found

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