How Fatherhood Can Change A Life

Posted on June 2, 2023

From teaching their child how to ride a bike, to cheering them on in school activities, to sharing favorite hobbies, there is nothing like the heartwarming bond between a father and their child. Read some of the ways fatherhood has made an impact on the lives of Jamar, Brian, Oliver, James and Geffr

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The Bond of a Father and Son: Ernesto and Jeff’s Story

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Ohio — At 6 years old, Ernesto (“Ernie”) was found wandering the streets, trying to find food. Not receiving the care he needed, he was placed in foster care and waited for a permanent home for eight long years.  “I was a little stressed out because I’ve moved around, I think four or five

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Bringing A Family Back Together: Likisha and Jamya’s Story

Posted on June 1, 2023

Tennessee — Placed in foster care as a young child, Likisha lived a life in and out of care. Pregnant with her first child at age 16, she was also struggling with poverty, homelessness and trying to escape domestic violence. By 19 years old, Likisha was working hard to give her children the best lif

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Wendy’s Wonderful Kids professionals collaborate and celebrate at annual Summit

Posted on May 25, 2023

More than 600 Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® recruiters and supervisors, speakers, supporters and Foundation staff gathered in Columbus, Ohio, for the 2023 Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Summit, May 9–11. Hosted by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, the event offered opportunities for collaborating and shari

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Q&A with David Ambroz, author of “A Place Called Home”

Posted on May 19, 2023

By Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption There are no more critical voices in this business than those with lived experience. David Ambroz has a powerful voice and a compelling and very difficult story that he has shared in “A Place Called Home.” His rive

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Special Moments with Mom

Posted on May 4, 2023

Having the support of a loving, forever family means everything to youth who once lingered in foster care. Read reflections from children served by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program and their moms. Pictured: Kim and Zach Zach (adopted at 11) and his mom K

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Cardinal Health Helps Families Become Whole Through Adoption

Posted on April 26, 2023

In 2017, Mathew, an employee of Cardinal Health, and his wife Jessica became foster parents to a baby boy named Blake. From the moment the couple laid eyes on him, they knew he was meant to be part of their family. At 18 months old, Blake entered the couple’s lives, and they have been by his side ev

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5 reasons you won’t adopt from foster care, and why they’re wrong

Posted on April 13, 2023

“It’s too expensive.”  “Children in foster care are too set in their ways to blend in with my family.”  “I’m not married, so I can’t adopt, right?”  “I don’t want to deal with the child’s family of origin or the child welfare system — it’s all just too complicated!”  It’s importa

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