You’re never too old for family

Kerri Byrd is a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter in Louisiana. She is passionate about achieving permanency for youth in foster care. She believes every child deserves to be loved, nurtured and supported. Did you know that every single time a child in foster care has to move to a new part of their state, they Read More


Introducing the Carver Family

This guest blog is written by Kendra Carver, a recent adoptive mother and advocate for adoption benefits. She is an employee of American Express, the 2017 #1 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace. Adopting a child has always been a dream for my husband and me. There are so many children in need of loving homes across America Read More


Family is our recipe

For this guest blog, Foundation staff members interviewed Karen about her foster care adoption journey and her daughter, Monarika, who was adopted through the Foundation’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. When Monarika’s adoption was finalized in April, 2017, her new sisters surprised her with custom t-shirts that said “Team Hedges.” Everyone in the court room wore Read More


Grandparents: the unsung heroes of child welfare

This guest blog is written by Jennifer, a loving mother of one daughter who today is celebrating the strength and wisdom her grandmother brought to her life and how it changed the trajectory of her life. My father was both mentally and physically abusive and my mother was an alcoholic. As such, they were deemed Read More


National Adoption Day Brings Families Together for 18th Year

By Rita L. Soronen, President & CEO Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption “She never has to worry again. She’ll always have a home.” Dwain Hargis sums it up in describing the security his family is able to give his adopted daughter, Olivia. It is the sentiment that drives the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to Read More


Celebrating National Adoption Month

By Rita Soronen President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Every child deserves a safe, loving and permanent family. That is the simple yet profound motivation behind National Adoption Month. Celebrated across North America each November, this special month of awareness helps to increase the number of families willing to consider adoption Read More


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