You Never Outgrow the Need for Family


In honor of National Professional Social Worker Month, we wanted to share a very special story.

Jessica Phoenix is a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids adoption recruiter in Florida who works every day to find safe, loving families for children waiting in foster care. This past year she adopted Zay, a teen on her caseload who had all but given up hope for a family. His adoption was finalized just days before his 18th birthday. Here is their story:

Top U.S. Construction Firm Proud of Adoption Benefits


Each year the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption ranks the nation’s employers based on their adoption benefits. This self-reported list is a way to highlight the organizations in the United States who stand with us in our support of adoption and adoption benefits that allow more and more families to grow through adoption.

One of the top 100 companies of 2017 is Robins & Morton. Founded in 1946, this privately held construction company is one of the largest in the nation.

After More than Three Years in Foster Care, Little Boy Finally Has Forever Family


Did you know that the average length of time that a child is in foster care before being adopted is about three years? Most children move house-to-house during that time and often fall behind in their school work, aren’t able to make lasting friendships and find it difficult to trust.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption works hard to find forever families for children waiting in foster care because we believe that every child deserves a safe, loving and permanent home.

After Leaving Foster Care, Young Girl is Returned to Foster Family and Finds Forever Home for Her and Her Sister


Keeping sibling groups together is one of the main purposes of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s signature adoption program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids. Too often siblings are separated when they enter foster care and our recruiters work hard to help siblings maintain those biological relationships and get adopted by the same family.

After Almost 1200 Days in Foster Care, Jayden is Finally in His Forever Home


No child should linger in foster care, but all too often that is exactly what happens. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids works to change the face of foster care adoption.

Our adoption recruiters work with the children who have been in foster care the longest, some have given up on a forever family. Our recruiters work with older children, sibling groups and children with special needs, to find them the loving, supportive, safe family they deserve.

Celebrating the Unsung Heroes of Foster Care Adoption


March is National Professional Social Worker Month. This is a time for us to celebrate the men and women who work with some of the most challenging situations in our child welfare departments.

According to the National Association of Social Workers, there are more than 650,000 social workers across the country.

Adoption-Friendly Employers Make the Dream of Family a Reality for Employees


For more than a decade the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has been ranking our nation’s employers with the top adoption benefits. Families like the Royster’s have been able to adopt because of the commitment from the companies for which they work.

Teaching Trust, the Hardest Part of Foster Care Adoption


Did you know that some children in foster care have been adopted, only to be returned to foster care? It’s what social workers call a disrupted adoption. It’s more than a disruption to the child though. It’s heartbreaking, heart wrenching and they are often left feeling alone, rejected and like they had done something wrong or didn’t deserve a family.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, through its Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Adoption Program focuses on the children who have had a disrupted adoption and might have given up hope of a family of their own.

Foster Care Adoption: When Things Don't Go as Planned


More and more the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption learns that the families who choose foster care adoption are families who already have children in the home or whose children have already grown.

Foster care adoption is often a calling to families who feel they can change the life of a child.

That was the case for the Suttles Family. With four grown children leaving home, the Suttles family decided to adopt an older child from foster care. But like all things in life, this didn’t go quite as planned.

After 900 Days in Foster Care, Little Girl is Finally Home


For nearly 900 days, little Saphina didn’t know if she’d have a forever family. That’s how long she spent in foster care before her last name was officially made “Tetreault.”

Since then she has been thriving with her adoptive family. Her mom and dad dote on her and she has the family she deserves.

There are more than 117,000 children just like Saphina who are in foster care right now and need to be adopted. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, through its Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Adoption Program searches high and low to find the perfect family for each waiting child.


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