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Strengthening Communities in San Jose and Around the World

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At PayPal, our values are the driving force guiding how we can best serve our customers and communities. Our values reinforce our mission to democratize financial services globally and to further the financial health of those who have not been well served by the financial system. 

You Are Never Too Old for Family. How Adopting a Teenager Can Change a Life

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"To anyone considering foster care adoption, a teenager can bring out the most love and hope a person can have in their heart." Sadie and Cody Corley, of Louisiana, adopted Latrell through the Foundation's Wendy's Wonderful Kids program. Latrell says he is now "living his best life."

Click here to read Latrell’s full story.

You Don’t Have to Have All the Answers to Be a Parent

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Gina Francis was still in college when she decided to become a foster parent. She soon got a phone call asking if Mireya, 4, and Christopher, 2, could come stay with her. The siblings had been living in separate foster homes for a year. "I didn’t know how to be a parent. These children didn’t really know how to be siblings. They had been through so much," Gina recalls. "I was young but determined." Mireya and Christopher were only supposed to stay with Gina for two months. Nine years later, they are now an adoptive family of three, living in Illinois.

Celebrating Family and Helping Others to Create Theirs

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Congratulations to the Martin Family who is celebrating nine years of being a forever family!

Did you know that you can adopt a child of any age from foster care? The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption focuses on finding forever families for the children who have been in foster care the longest. This includes teenagers, sibling groups and children with special needs.

Family is a Feeling

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David came to live with the Stromberg family as an emergency foster placement when he was just four weeks old. His mother had died of an overdose. In January 2016, the Strombergs adopted David. “My family is in my heart. They’re in my heart where I love them so much,” he says.

They Know They Have a Forever Family

How five siblings separated by the system all found the same adoptive home
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“They have blessed our lives more then we could ever imagine.”

In 2014, Derek and Stacy Crow, of Kansas, adopted five siblings from foster care who had been living apart for years.

“It amazes me that the separation did not destroy the bond they had for each other,” says Stacy. “We have had tough times and have had to work through many challenges. But these children know they have a forever family.”

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiters Work From the Heart

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The Brydges family, of Florida, adopted Dalton and Dawson from foster care with the support of Rachel Adler, a Wendy's Wonderful Kids adoption recruiter. Rachel did all she could to find the boys their forever family. "To me, family is so important," she shared. "And to know that there are kids who don't have that and might not have the chance to have that...I thought how awesome that I get to do that work."

To join the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s e-newsletter, click here.

I Thought I’d Never Have Love: Teenager Maci Kean Finds Forever Family

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"Even if I wanted to be adopted, who would adopt a 17-year-old?" Maci had come to terms with being alone. “I was scared. I was lost. I felt hopeless." That all changed when Gigi Kean asked Maci, “Would you be interested in us adopting you?”

Read their full story here.

Helping Foster Youth Protect Against Identity Theft

By Phil Covington
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Identity theft is a nightmare for anyone who falls prey to it, and while everyone is vulnerable, America’s foster youth are particularly at-risk.

Never Too Old for Family

The importance of adopting teenagers
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Every child, no matter their age or the circumstances of their journey through foster care, is adoptable. In a recent article for Adoptive Families magazine, our President & CEO, Rita Soronen, shares common myths and realities about adopting teens and older children.

Read more on the Adoptive Families Magazine website

 

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