The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption thanks The Wendy’s Company for hosting National Adoption Night, tonight May 8, at their stores across the United States. This fun, inspirational night allows Wendy’s customers to learn more about foster care adoption, while enjoying a delicious fresh, never frozen meal at their local Wendy’s.
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption could not be more grateful that on this night, Wendy’s will donate 15% of dinner proceeds to the Foundation to help further the mission to dramatically increase the number of adoptions from foster care.
Each year the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption recognizes employers in the United States that offer adoption benefits to their employees. Each year the Foundation is thrilled to see more and more companies recognizing the significance of adoption benefits. This time away from work allows families to bond and the financial reimbursement for private adoptions and international adoptions is critical to many families.
May is Foster Care Awareness Month. Right now, there are more than 430,000 children in foster care. Some will be reunified with their biological families, but others will not. Today, more than 117,000 are in need of a loving, adoptive home.
For the past four years, Alex has known the love of a forever family, but for the first five years of his life, things weren’t as happy.
Alex was adopted from foster care when he was five. After being moved to different homes, one after the other, he was finally placed with the Moreno-Bell family and knew that he had a permanent, supportive family who wanted to keep him with them forever.
Today at age 9, he likes to travel, play sports and eat Frostys! His dad shared that Alex loves hearing about fellow adoptee, Dave Thomas, and all that he accomplished.
Each year the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption highlights the nation’s Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace employers. The survey is based on financial reimbursement for adoption costs and paid leave after an adoption.
Right now, the 2018 survey is open. The Foundation is proud of the growing list of businesses like Vanguard that help families with the costs of private infant and international adoptions (foster care adoptions are low cost and often free) along with giving all adoptive families time to bond.
This month's guest blog is about stepping out of your comfort zone in order to be the forever family a young teen deserves. “At that moment, I knew I would be the one human who would be there for her – no matter what. I knew I wanted to hear her call me “mom.” I wanted to help her pick out her prom dress, to teach her to drive, to watch her walk across the graduation stage. Someday, I may be the mother of a bride and the grandmother to her children. No matter what, I will always be her mom.”
Imagine all your major life milestones happening without your family there to celebrate.
That was life for 15-year-old Carlo. He entered foster care as a toddler and for 13 years was bounced home to home without the stability of a permanent address, let alone a loving, permanent family.
Finally, at age 15, with the help of a caring adoption recruiter, Carlo was adopted by the Hatla family. He has been a proud member of the family since November 2017 and his mom says he is “kind, smart and funny.”
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption launched its new website and it’s complete with some exciting new tools.
The site is still full of helpful information about foster care adoption, but it makes finding free resources even easier with the creation of a library. The library is a one-stop shop for anyone looking for more details on how to adopt from foster care.
You can also easily search the agencies that the Foundation works with to hire adoption recruiters across the US and Canada and connect to the agency that is your town.
Israel is five years old. His mother and father say he makes friends wherever he goes, but it’s a far cry from how his life started.
At just five years old, Israel has spent more than four years in foster care. He was put into eight different foster homes, he was separated from his siblings and he was labeled difficult and “unadoptable.” At only three years old, the system gave up on him.