It is an exciting year for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption as we celebrated our 25th anniversary on July 31. Since 1992, the Foundation has been committed to the vision of our founder, Dave Thomas: to ensure every child has a permanent and loving family. Our mission has never wavered. Each day we work to dramatically increase the number of adoptions from foster care. We believe that family is the birthright of every child and that every child is adoptable.
Sometimes the adoption process seems like a never-ending journey, but here at the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption we believe it is always worth it.
These siblings joined their forever family shortly after they were born, but were officially adopted just last month! After more than eight and 10 years, respectively, in foster care, Kailyn and Jonathan now officially share their parents' last name! Their smiles say it all.
Most children in foster care will spent at least a year away from their family. Many of the 425,000 children in foster care will return to their biological family, but more than 110,000 children are waiting to be adopted right now.
Did you know that not all adoption finalizations happen in a courtroom? There are many circumstances that could lead to a finalization happening at home, over the phone! That’s exactly how it happened for the Buchanan family when they adopted Heather.
Heather has Asperger’s and had been in foster care for 11 years in the state of Washington and finally she was matched with a family in Indiana. The judge called their house and she was officially adopted over the phone in her living room.
Imagine growing up in foster care and never being adopted. You start your life as an 18 year old on your own and build a family of your own. What’s the next step? For Nichole, it was adopting an older child from foster care to ensure that he had the love and support as an adult that she didn’t have.
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption not only works to find adoptive families for children in foster care, we also work to dispel myths about the adoption process.
Did you know that there is no age limit on who can adopt? Did you know that foster care adoption is low cost and often free? Did you know that families members can adopt children who are in foster care?
Chris was in and out of foster care before being referred to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy's Wonderful Kids program. This program finds loving, permanent homes for children who have been waiting in foster care the longest. Using our Child-Focused Recruitment Model, his adoption recruiter found the Newton family, who knew there was a need for more families willing to adopt older children.
Adoption Recruiter Kerri Byrd on Finding a Forever Family for Each and Every Child in Foster Care
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.