The Real Superheroes

I have been a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter for more than four years and have come to crave the adrenaline rush of getting a new child on my caseload; to start learning about this child and the excitement of feeling like I may have just found the family for a child (I have been known Read More


UMPS CARE CHARITIES ALL-STAR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: A HOME RUN

“Being in foster care and being adopted makes you different than other kids. But I never saw this as a bad thing.” – Cadence Cottom, Butler University Graduate. Profound words from a bright young woman who has lived the life that so many at her age have not. Cadence Cottom accomplished her dream to graduate Read More


Please Support Ed’s Tour de Adoption

Where the rubber meets the road. A cliché for where the hard work takes place, but for Wendy’s franchisee Ed Anderson, it’s truly where he plans to raise $1 million for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. After months of training, Ed will strap on his bike helmet, pump up his tires and hit the Read More


Five myths about foster care adoption

Lose 10 pounds. Read a book a week. Unplug from technology an hour a day. We all start a new year off optimistically, but too often we fall back into our old routines because our goals just weren’t realistic. This year, I challenge you to add a simple resolution that won’t take much time, but Read More


Take a chance to give a chance

November is my favorite month. Not only because it is the start of the holiday season, but it is also National Adoption Month. As an ambassador for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, I am honored to be an advocate for the more than 100,000 children living in foster care in the United States, waiting Read More


One Day – 22 Adoptions and 107,000 still waiting

22 adoptions were finalized in Columbus on Thursday. Six families, 22 children, joy and hope were all in the courtroom today. We have been honored to help guide the National Adoption Day movement for the past 16 years with these unrelenting goals in mind – that one day no child will age out of foster Read More


Giving chances

Most of us are familiar with the movie, “The Blind Side,” which showed a family who gave a homeless teen a chance to belong; most of us also know what a positive impact that chance to be a part of a family had on that teen’s life. If he had not been given that chance, Read More


Action alert: Let Congress hear your voice!

LAST STRETCH OF RECESS ACTION ALERT: Let Congress hear your voice! Dear Friends of Adoption: This is a perfect time to connect with your Members of Congress before the summer recess ends on September 7th.  Here are several simple ways you can reach out and make sure they know how important the Adoption Tax Credit is to Read More


Children are in need of families, and you may be the perfect fit

Child abuse is among the most difficult subjects imaginable to discuss. Just thinking about the abuse, maltreatment or neglect of children too young or too powerless to defend themselves can be emotionally wrenching. Older youth can become deeply troubled by the recognition that they were abandoned or maltreated simply because of who they are. The Read More


Better together

I admit it – I am a hopeless film fanatic.  Good, bad, terrifying, tearjerker – I am a sucker for it all. And as I get older, I am more and more fascinated by the dynamics of getting a movie made, from concept to DVD release and how that relates to what we can accomplish Read More