From Foster Sister to Family Finder

Growing up, children in foster care were simply children with whom I shared a home. For 13 years my family was involved in the Vermont State Foster Care system. My mom and dad were foster parents to many children who would come into our home when they had nowhere else to go. We helped them Read More

From Hopeless to Hopeful: Finding a Family for Paul

  The strength and resiliency of children in foster care is awe inspiring and the families that open their hearts and homes to our kids give me hope for the future. The story that highlights the joys and challenges for me the most is my first case as a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter. It happened Read More

These Children are Our Responsibility

  Our children are our responsibility, and I do not take this role lightly. I believe passionately and firmly that our children are all adoptable. I am one of 11 Wendy’s Wonderful Kid’s recruiters for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption- Canada. The support and guidance from the Foundation has been my key area of Read More

The Value of Family…Priceless

  “It’s not about being rich or famous, but perhaps I can positively affect the path of a child’s life when they are in the helpless and incredibly courageous position of needing help. It’s such a privilege to be able to hear someone’s life story – often about how their experiences have caused them pain, Read More

Waiting for the Miracle

Adoption is a niche that I fell into serendipitously. Long before I knew what “social work” really was, I knew that I wanted to help people. I wanted to work with vulnerable populations, specifically. So there I was fresh out of undergrad with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I needed a job and child Read More

One Recruiter’s Journey to Help Children in Foster Care

I’ve been a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter since 2007, but the surprising part is that I never aspired to work with children. I initially wanted to work with adults only (women mostly). So how did I end up on this path? Working with children in foster care and committed to finding them loving, permanent homes? Read More

An Adoption Recruiter’s Calling

  Thirty seven years ago my family adopted my brother, Peter, from Korea and then several years later adopted my brother, Toby, through the foster care system. I can’t imagine life without my brothers and through this blessing of adoption I have two wonderful nieces and two more on the way. I have always wanted Read More

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

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

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