Supporter Spotlight: “We want the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to be part of our legacy.”

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is grateful to be supported by so many generous donors. Joe and Cathy Turner are Wendy’s franchisees who choose to give back to the Foundation through personal giving in addition to in-restaurant campaigns. How did you first get involved with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption? When the Foundation Read More


I’m his mom. I show up.

This guest blog post is written by Meryl Phipps, a foster and adoptive mom whose son, Jeremiah, was adopted through the Foundation’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. My son, Jeremiah, was in foster care for more than 10 years. Eight of those years were spent as a “freed” child – a child to whom no one Read More


Supporter Spotlight: Mile Hi Bakery

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is grateful to be supported by so many generous suppliers to the Wendy’s Company. Mile Hi Bakery is a high-speed, full capacity bakery that produces 5,000 dozen buns per hour and 1,500 dozen English Muffins per hour, all unique to the specific needs of each customer, including Wendy’s. How Read More


Supporter Spotlight: Jeff Thornton

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is grateful to be supported by so many generous donors, like Jeff Thornton. How did you first learn about the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption? I was very familiar with Dave Thomas and his great reputation, but I didn’t know a lot about the Foundation. Last November, I was Read More


Learning to love again

This guest blog post is written by Josh and Katie Butler. The Butler family has one adopted son, Braxtel, and is in the process of adopting a sibling group of three. They have also provided respite care to foster families on several occasions. Their only biological child, Dewey, passed away when he was 132 days Read More


Celebrating 25 Years of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Dear Friends, It is an exciting year for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption as we celebrate 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 Read More


Foster Care Adoption: Come prepared with faith and heavy duty boots

This guest blog is written by Stacie Booth, a mother of one adopted son and two biological sons, devoted wife and small business owner who provides Taekwondo classes for a homeschool group and Montessori schools. It is written in the Bible that we must “visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself Read More


Why Wendy’s Franchisee James Bodenstedt chooses to support the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption: “We should all have that chance.”

Wendy’s Franchisee James Bodenstedt, President and CEO of MUY! Hamburgers, and his team have made giving back a priority both professionally and personally, donating time and funds to non-profit organizations such as the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The MUY! Hamburgers team continually excels in fundraisers and in-restaurant campaigns that benefit the Foundation, and James Read More


My Greatest Challenge Became My Greatest Joy

This guest blog post is written by Laura Merklin, a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter in Ohio. She works diligently to provide youth in foster care with safe, loving and permanent homes. She strongly believes you never outgrow the need for family. In November of 2015, I received a referral for an 18-year-old girl, who also Read More


Always On My Mind

This guest blog post is written by Felicia Newell, a Grants Manager for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. She is also a former Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter who continues to have a passion for foster care adoption.  In August 2016, my husband of 20 years passed away. I was 47 years old and it Read More