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All It Took Was a Game of Uno


It all started with the “most epic and memorable game of UNO every played.” That’s when Jacquelynn and Kevin Patterson knew they had met their daughter, Haylee. And Haylee knew she had met her parents.

You Could Help a Child in Foster Care Be Adopted


Haylee entered foster care when she was 11. She lived in eight different houses in two years. That’s when she met the Pattersons and knew immediately they were meant to be her family. Join the Circle of Support for youth like Haylee. Commit to a monthly gift, of any size, that will ensure more children are adopted into supportive, safe and loving homes.

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Dave Thomas Foundation Partners with Adoption Exchange Association to Inspire Future Adoption Professionals

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The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is proud to work with the Adoption Exchange Association on I-CARE, the Initiative to Create Adoption Ready Employees. Thanks to The Chronicle of Social Change for shedding light on this exciting and critical program.

We Were Destined to Be Statistics, but Here We Were, Finally Home


This was shared with the Dave Thomas Foundation by Jesus Paniagua. Jesus was 7 years old when he and his five brothers were adopted by Yolonda, a single mother who made them finally feel at home. Today Jesus is 27 and honoring his late mother by sharing his story.

From 1 Child to 15: A Single Father’s Journey to Foster Care Adoption


This guest blog is written by Dan Mercer, an adoptive father whose youngest son, Samuel was adopted through the Foundation’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program.

The Truth About Foster Care Adoption


There are many myths about foster care adoption, including the idea that it is too expensive.

While some types of adoption can be very costly, foster care adoption is low cost and in some cases free. There are requirements that must be met before your family can be considered for foster care adoption and those requirements depend on where you live.

There are more than 117,000 children in the United States waiting to be adopted from foster care.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption believes that every child deserves a loving family.

It’s Never Too Late to Be Adoption Friendly


The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption believes that no matter how families are formed, new parents need time to bond with their children. Through the Foundation’s Adoption-Friendly Workplace program, organizations can find resources to implement adoption-friendly policies.

Each year the Foundation surveys the United States to find the best adoption policies. The 2018 survey just closed, but it’s never too late to become adoption friendly.

Deja Vu for Family Who Adopted from Foster Care


Sometimes when a family opens their heart to a child in foster care, they realize there is still more love to give. That’s what happened to the Holbrooks!

You might recognize one of the sweet faces in the photo to the right. Wesley, whose story we shared in February, has a new brother! The Holbrook family has now adopted three boys from foster care, Wesley, Wyatt and Logan.

Adoption-Friendly Benefits In The Workplace – It Is The Right Thing To Do


From simple education activities to implementing a robust adoption benefits program, workplace support of adoption not only increases awareness about the issues confronting our most vulnerable children, but also provides critical support for families formed through adoption. Employers have the power to make a crucial difference in the lives of waiting children.

Wendy’s Annual Frosty 5K Raises Critical Funds for Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption


This year, The Wendy’s Company Annual Frosty 5K raised $110,000 for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

The event was held on July 15 in Columbus, Ohio and had more than 800 participants. The race started and ended downtown at Huntington Park, home of the Columbus Clippers. Runners and walkers took the course through downtown, across the Scioto Mile and finished in the outfield of the minor-league stadium.


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