2021 Highlights from Rita Soronen

Posted on October 25, 2021

  DEAR FRIENDS, In 2020, our world changed in ways we could never have imagined. It has been an incredibly difficult time for all of us. But for children in foster care waiting to be adopted, who have endured abuse, neglect and often countless layers of trauma in their young lives, the negative

Building Fund Donors

Posted on October 21, 2021

(as of June 30, 2021)The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is pleased to recognize our Building Fund Campaign donors who generously gave $10,000 or more to help with the build-out and ongoing management of our new forever home. AKSAN Enterprises All-Star Management owned and operated by the Allegr

Supporter Spotlights of 2021

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The following individuals represent the growing number of generous donors who are passionately helping to advance the Foundation’s mission. We are pleased to share some of the many reasons they support this critical work.  — THANK YOU — Robert Sfire Several years ago, Robert, a business owner a

How Having a Forever Family Changed My Future

Posted on August 24, 2020

Ellie was adopted at age 19 through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program, in partnership with The Adoption Exchange in Utah. This is her story. For most of my childhood, I bounced from home to home within my biological family. In the seventh grade, a teacher notic

Tonya’s message of hope

Posted on May 6, 2020

Tonya spent six long years in foster care before she was adopted through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program in North Carolina. She bravely agreed to share her story because she wants to inspire hope in other children who are still waiting to be adopted. Tonya w

Foster care children at risk during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on March 23, 2020

The following story was published by WEWS News 5 Cleveland in March 2020. There were more than 16,000 children currently in foster care in Ohio as of Jan 1, 2020, and the president of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption said many of them may be vulnerable during this coronavirus pandemic. Rita S

Nonprofits Are Simultaneously Contemplating Strategy on Two Fronts

Posted on March 19, 2020

The following story was published by The Chronicle of Social Change in March 2020. By John Kelly LaVerne and Terry Moore Jenkins photographed Monday August 8, 2016 with their adopted daughter Raychelle. Photo courtesy of James DeCamp Photography The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA) – which

Finding Forever Families for Teens in Utah, like Ellie

Posted on March 6, 2020

Ellie entered foster care at age 16 after suffering years of physical and emotional abuse. In 2018, she was adopted through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. FOX 13 Utah and reporter, Sydney Glenn, shared her story. During the 2019 fiscal year, the
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