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


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


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