More than 100,000 children are waiting in foster care for their forever families.
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. They work tirelessly to increase awareness across the nation about waiting children and the process to adopt.
To the Dave Thomas Foundation every child is adoptable, every child deserves a safe, loving, forever family and no child should linger in foster care or leave the system at age 18 without a permanent family of his or her own.
“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. They have helped thousands of children get adopted by their forever families.
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.
Recently released research from a five-year evaluation of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids shows that children served by the program are up to three times more likely to get adopted. Read the full research results.
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On a personal note, I and my three siblings are adopted. I grew up in the best home a child could ask for. I didn’t always see it that way as a rebellious teenager but I know that now – without a shadow of doubt. I’m so grateful to my parents for adopting me and my three siblings. We all are truly blessed. I support the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption because I want all children in foster care to find their forever home with loving, supportive parents who will do right by them.