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 originally published by reporter Brittany Falkers at KGW 8 News in Oregon in May 2020 and updated in February 2021. 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

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

COVID-19 impacts youth in Ohio’s foster care system

Posted on April 15, 2020

This story was originally produced by WSYX/WTTE ABC6 in Columbus. As the world continues to feel the impacts of COVID-19, a population that could be forgotten in this pandemic is foster children. More than 16,000 children are currently in Ohio’s foster care system, and there are growing concerns tha

COVID-19 puts strain on foster to adopt process

Posted on April 9, 2020

The following story was produced by FOX 13 in Salt Lake City. The Atkins family knew their family wasn’t quite complete. Three years ago, Wendy and Ian Atkins began fostering children. Late last year, Wendy and Ian came across a 12-year-old girl named Kenzie on Utah’s Adoption Exchange. “As we were