Michelle and Don, of Ohio, got married in 2011. Each had four older children from previous marriages. Then, the couple decided to adopt siblings, Lily and Lucy, from foster care. Don and Michelle soon discovered that Lily and Lucy had two more siblings, Jaime and Jeremiah, who had been living with o
Jennifer Vickers is a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids adoption professional in northwest Ohio. This column was originally published in The Columbus Dispatch. Home has taken on new meaning the past few weeks. We stay home to protect the broader community. We’re working from home. Having birthdays at home. And
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
This story was originally produced by WBNS 10TV in Columbus. Even the most fortunate among us are struggling in some way with the impact of the coronavirus and its ripple effects. Now, imagine being a child of trauma who has been removed from his or her family of origin. Ohio’s foster care sys
Program has saved Ohio taxpayers more than $64 million by moving longest-waiting children out of foster care into loving, adoptive homes Nick and Lexi are among more than 1,000 children who have been adopted in Ohio through the Foundation’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. Columbus, Ohio
By: Dee Dee adopted her son, CJ, through the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program in Ohio. My son, CJ, has always been a runner. Sadly, running used to be CJ’s way to escape. He spent almost seven years in foster care. That can be a traumatic experience for any child.