Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA)

Meet the Maces: One Family’s Extraordinary Adoption Journey

Christopher and Brian Mace share their family’s foster care adoption journey with the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program
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by Elizabeth Drake

It’s easy to look at the Mace family and see something extraordinary. A same-sex couple who has adopted five children from the foster care system, all while devoutly serving the United States military and bearing the strain of multiple re-assignments. From background checks, court sessions, disclosure meetings and more, Christopher and Brian Mace have gone to extraordinary lengths to create a forever family for their five children: Eira, Kota, Steven, Dallyn and Kinley.

The Wendy's Way: Supporting National Foster Care Month

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter Summit Wraps a Month of Activity to Drive Change
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by Elizabeth Drake

We Lost Our Pigtails for National Foster Care Month

Dine with Wendy’s May 8 to Support Children in Foster Care
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A brand’s logo is a critical piece of a company’s visual ID. As you can imagine, building a brand is no small feat - advertisers, team members, agency partners and more pore over concepts. Books, papers and courses are dedicated to the art of making a memorable logo. And if you want to make changes to a logo, it typically takes months if not years – and for good reason.

Why, then, did we, Wendy’s®, remove the well-known pigtailed girl (or as we call it, the cameo) from our cup?

Introducing the Carver Family

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Kendra Carver is an American Express employee, a recent adoptive mother and an advocate for adoption benefits. Here she shares her family's story in a guest blog for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

The Wendy's Company Reports on 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Progress

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  • Wendy's System Raises More Than $16 Million for Signature Cause, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a 32 percent increase since 2015
  • Updates Standards Related to Antibiotic use in Beef and Pork; Completes Journey to All Chicken Raised Without Medically Important Antibiotics
  • Recruits 19 Franchise Organizations to Join Energy Reduction Challenge
  • Launches WeCare, Employee Disaster Assistance Fund
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  • Wendy's System Raises More Than $16 Million for Signature Cause, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a 32 percent increase since 2015
  • Updates Standards Related to Antibiotic use in Beef and Pork; Completes Journey to All Chicken Raised Without Medically Important Antibiotics
  • Recruits 19 Franchise Organizations to Join Energy Reduction Challenge
  • Launches WeCare, Employee Disaster Assistance Fund

Mark Your Calendar: Dinner at Wendy’s on November 14!

by Liz Geraghty
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Imagine if helping children in foster care was as easy as eating dinner at Wendy’s®.

Well, good news! It is!

On Tuesday, November 14 between the hours of 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm, 15% of restaurant sales from customers who visit a participating Wendy’s restaurant for dinner will be donated to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® in recognition of National Adoption Month. These funds will support the DTFA’s continued efforts to find forever homes for children waiting in foster care.

A Wendy’s Franchise and a Good Cause: How to Get More Out of a Day on the Links

By Rita L. Soronen, President & CEO, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
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Editors Note: The Briad Group Charity Golf Outing is September 14, 2017 at Royce Brook Golf Club in Hillsborough, NJ.  If you are interested in sponsoring or playing in the tournament, please visit the event website.

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Editors Note: The Briad Group Charity Golf Outing is September 14, 2017 at Royce Brook Golf Club in Hillsborough, NJ.  If you are interested in sponsoring or playing in the tournament, please visit the event website.

Celebrating 25 Years of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

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Editor's Note: In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, we're sharing a blog post by President & CEO of the Foundation, Rita Soronen.

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Editor's Note: In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, we're sharing a blog post by President & CEO of the Foundation, Rita Soronen.

From Foster Care to Forever Families

Adoption Recruiter Kerri Byrd on Finding a Forever Family for Each and Every Child in Foster Care
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In her job as an adoption recruiter for Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® (WWK), Kerri Byrd often works long hours. She works continually to earn the trust of children and teenagers who have bounced around the foster care system living in home after home. She fills out paperwork—lots of it. And day after day (which often spills into night), she coordinates with therapists, caseworkers, attorneys and others as she advocates on behalf of her children.

Kerri calls it “the best job ever.”

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