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The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is celebrating its 10th year of honoring companies that offer the country’s most impressive adoption benefits, through the 100 Best Adoption- Friendly Workplace list. Since the list’s inception in 2006, The Wendy’s Company has earned the coveted title of Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace because of their deep commitment to offering employees substantial financial assistance and paid leave. 

Wendy’s Franchise Owner Plans “Tour de Adoption”

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Wendy’s Franchisee Ed Anderson is training day in and day out for a bike ride across America. He tells the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption exactly what is driving him to raise awareness about foster care adoption and how you can help.

“Dave Thomas’ commitment to giving back drives me to help and do much more,” Ed wrote in a letter.

When I First Met My Child

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Families come in all shapes and sizes and not all families meet on the day a child is born. Did you know there are over 130,000 children waiting to be adopted from foster care in the U.S. and Canada? That is more than 130,000 children who just want a forever family, someone to help them with their homework and tuck them in at night.

Unadoptable is Unacceptable

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At the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, we believe that “unadoptable” is unacceptable.Each year 23,000 children age out of the foster care system in the United States without being adopted into a forever family. To us, that is unacceptable.

I Am

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Children in foster care face stereotypes that simply aren’t true. These children are not trouble makers, too old or unable to live with a family; they are not unadoptable. Children come into care because they have been abused or neglected. Through no fault of their own, they are removed from their homes. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is committed to finding permanent, loving homes for the more than 130,000 children waiting in foster care in the U.S. and Canada.The Foundation was founded by Dave Thomas, who is also the founder of Wendy’s restaurants.

I'm Just a Kid

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Children of all ages have dreams and that doesn’t stop just because they enter the fostercare system. Hear the dreams of the children being helped by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters. 

The Foundation was founded by Dave Thomas, who is also the founder of Wendy’s restaurants. He was adopted and believed strongly in social responsibility. He often said “These children are not someone else’s responsibility. They are our responsibility.”

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