Siblings now have a forever home after virtual adoption in Washington

Posted on July 28, 2020

This blog was adapted from a story by Tracey Leong of KIRO 7 News in Seattle, Washington. Terri fostered siblings Michael, Roman and Lilliana for more than three years. After two unsuccessful adoptions with other families, Terri made the decision to pursue adoption. But when COVID-19 hit, it de

Edna goes the extra mile to keep siblings together

Posted on June 10, 2020

Floyd, Mark, Jermesha, Celeste, Harley, Cadence, Whitney, JR, Jermain and Shaelyn Jermesha, Floyd and Jermain were separated for five long years while in foster care before being referred to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program. Their world changed when Edna came

COVID-19 puts Colorado’s children in foster care at risk

Posted on May 27, 2020

Chelsea is a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® supervisor with The Adoption Exchange in Colorado. This column was originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera. With the coronavirus bringing so much instability and chaos into the world, we are all seeking the comfort, stability and support of our families.

‘We have a family’: Adoptions go virtual during pandemic

Posted on May 20, 2020

This story was published by reporter Brittany Falkers at KGW 8 News in Oregon. The family calls it “controlled chaos.” “We have eight children; four boys and four girls,” dad, Mark, said. However, this big, happy family was not quite complete until Wednesday, last week. “I’ve always wanted to adopt.

COVID-216 Podcast with Joe Donatelli

Posted on May 6, 2020

The COVID-216 podcast is a production of WEWS News 5 in Cleveland, Ohio. Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, joined host Joe Donatelli on the COVID-216 podcast to discuss how the Foundation is working to find adoptive homes for children in foster care who ar

National Foster Care Month: 5 ways to make a lasting impact

Posted on May 4, 2020

As the world longs for social connection and leans on their families for support during the COVID-19 pandemic, children in foster care are particularly vulnerable. Here are five ways you can get involved during National Foster Care Awareness Month to ensure every child has a safe, loving home. 1. Co

A call for practical changes to protect children in foster care

Posted on April 23, 2020

The following letter to the editor ran in the Washington Post, April 22, in response to the article, “A celebration saved.” (April 11, 2020). The novel coronavirus crisis has created an uncertain environment for children waiting to be adopted and the families eager to adopt. The story of E