Wendy’s Wonderful Kids

As of January 2015, we have exceeded 4,500 finalized adoptions of children served by Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters, and have served more than 11,500! These are the children who many considered to be unadoptable. Read on to see how the program works.

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids is making a difference for thousands of children for adoption—one child at a time. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption awards grants to public and private adoption agencies to hire adoption professionals who implement proactive, child-focused recruitment programs targeted exclusively on moving America’s longest-waiting children from foster care into adoptive families.

Recently released research from a five-year evaluation of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids shows that children referred to the program are up to three times more likely to get adopted. Read the full research results.

Our recruiters

These professionals, known as Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters, work on caseloads of children the system has forgotten, ensuring they have the time and resources to give each child as much attention as he or she deserves. These recruiters employ aggressive practices and proven tactics focused on finding the best home for a child through the starting points of familiar circles of family, friends and neighbors, and then reaching out to the communities in which they live.

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids has 204 recruiters working for children throughout the U.S. and Canada. The program has helped thousands of children get adopted by their forever families.

Our children

The children served by the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program are typically those who have been waiting the longest for an adoptive family and home. By the time they are referred to a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter, nearly 70 percent are older than age 8, 30 percent have had six or more placements, and 50 percent have been in foster care more than four years. Some have never had a plan of adoption and have simply been on a track to age out of foster care at age 18 or 21 without the security and love of a permanent family.

Our grantees

Visit our grants page to find out if your organization could be a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids grantee.



Click here for a list of recruiters and site map.



Did you know we help find homes for children in Canada too?