A Place to Call Home — Together: Michael, Roman and Lilliana’s Adoption Story

Posted on December 15, 2020

Washington Michael, Roman and Lilliana often lived in separate foster homes as their family of origin struggled with addiction. By the time the siblings were ages 9, 8 and 6, they had spent more than half their lives apart, longing for a permanent place to call home. “It was really tiring, having to

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Farmers Insurance’s Benefits Help Give Siblings in Foster Care a Forever Family

Posted on November 23, 2020

Michael, second from right, pictured with his family at an event for Farmers Insurance Michael adopted his two oldest children at ages six and four, followed by their sister several years later at just three months old. Thanks to Farmers Insurance’s benefits, he was able to take time off to bond wit

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National Adoption Day Looks Different This Year But Is More Important Than Ever

Posted on November 20, 2020

By Rita L. Soronen, President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Having a safe place to call home means everything — especially during the COVID-19 crisis. But every day, too many youth age out of foster care without ever knowing the security and stability of a forever family. With

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Actor Cody Saintgnue Shares His Adoption Story

Posted on November 17, 2020

My name is Cody Saintgnue. Through my work in the entertainment industry, I’ve been fortunate to collaborate with incredible networks and brands and have traveled the globe for endeavors that are dear to my heart. You may be wondering why I have partnered with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

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“The only thing that matters is that your heart matches theirs”: Arleigh’s Story

Posted on November 12, 2020

Florida Arleigh was placed in foster care in Florida after suffering years of abuse and neglect. “I felt like I was lost,” Arleigh shares. “I gave up so many times to the point where I wanted to disappear.” At age 16, Arleigh was referred to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderfu

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A Brighter Future for Lexi and Nick

Posted on October 23, 2020

Ohio Lexi remembers the day she and her older brother, Nick, were placed in foster care after being found alone in the motel where they lived. “It was confusing. I was scared. We didn’t know where we were going,” Lexi shared. Nick had major health issues — made worse by years of neglect

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How Having a Forever Family Changed My Future

Posted on August 24, 2020

Utah For most of my childhood, I bounced from home to home within my biological family. In the seventh grade, a teacher noticed my bruises, and child protective services visited our house for the first time. That’s when my biological family pulled me out of school. For the next four years, I was tra

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Mike Zak Joins Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Board of Trustees

Posted on August 3, 2020

Foundation committed to finding permanent homes for the more than 150,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems Columbus, Ohio — The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a national non-profit public charity, today welcomed Mike Zak as a member of its board of trustees, serving a th

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