The Foundation to host its 5th annual Kickball for a Home event in Columbus

  Join the Foundation, our partners, our family, and our friends for the 5th annual Kickball for a Home tournament! We are happy to host the tournament at Fred Beekman Park on the OSU campus. For more information, go here:

You have the power to change a life just the way you are

By: Madeleine Melcher I know you.  You “like” things on the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Facebook page, you have looked at the FAQS on the webpage and you have had the pang in your heart.  You have heard that little voice that seems to be calling you to adopt.  Sometimes you hamper that voice, Read More

One amazing gentleman

One person, one voice can make all the difference. Mike Givens, my dear friend and dedicated Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption board member was that person – that voice. Yesterday we lost him to a horrible illness – much too early – but in the 14 years that I knew him, he made an impact Read More

10 ways to stop 23,000 children from aging out of foster care

Or, how to quit making excuses and do our job When I talk to audiences not familiar with the child welfare system, I share startling numbers – more than six million children last year were involved in reports of abuse or neglect and more than 400,000 were in foster care. And today, 101,000 children are Read More

Never too old for a family

By Melinda Haggerty Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Senior Vice President, General Counsel Personal and professional experiences have taught us that you never outgrow the need for a family. At the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, we know that sentiment is especially true. Adult adoption, where a person is legally adopted after his or her Read More


Creating Partnerships

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Honoring Marian Wright Edelman for International Women’s Day

I am joining the call to #makeithappen. As remarkable women around the world are recognized during International Women’s Day 2015, I can think of so many who have created, influenced, advocated and led, with passion, grace and focus and who have paved the way for each of us. But, the one woman I must honor Read More


The first year of my life was spent in foster care, yet I have no memory of it. My adoptive parents often told me the story (at my requests) of when they first picked me up from my foster family in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  For most of my life, it was the only piece of my Read More