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 15 years of her life waiting for a permanent family, feeling terrified for the future.  “I didn’t feel like anybody would want me,” shared Rhianna. “I never really celebrated my birthday because inste

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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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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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Supporter Spotlight: Mike Welch

Posted on August 17, 2023

Mike Welch OBE is President and CEO of Tirebuyer.com. He recently spoke with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption about his experience growing up in foster care and his path to success in his professional and personal life. Mike Welch OBE, President and CEO of Tirebuyer.com Growing up in foster c

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2023 Recruiter of the Year: Anna from Michigan

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During the 2023 Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® Summit, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption recognized Anna, a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter from Orchard’s Children Services in Michigan, as a Recruiter of the Year. Anna is an advocate and a source of hope for the children she serves. Pictured:

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3 Reasons Your Organization Should Become An Adoption-Friendly Workplace

Posted on June 28, 2023

According to the 2022 U.S. Adoption and Foster Care Attitudes Survey, conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, 64% of American adults surveyed say that their employer’s assistance with adoption expenses impacts their decision to adopt. And 68% say paid leave

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