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: 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 108,000 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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2023 Recruiter of the Year: Anna from Michigan

Posted on August 9, 2023

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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Better Together: Hailey, Jayden, Alexis and Jase’s Story

Posted on June 23, 2023

Kentucky — For nearly two years, siblings Hailey, Jayden, Alexis and Jase lingered in foster care after experiencing abuse and neglect. They longed for a permanent place to call home where they could grow up together.  That’s when Jayden bravely reached out to someone he trusted — his fifth-gra

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

Posted on June 2, 2023

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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