Happy birthday, Wendy’s

By Robin Campbell Senior Director of Corporate Relations On November 15, 1969, Dave Thomas and a handful of hopeful investors opened the very first Wendy’s restaurant on Broad Street in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Six items made up that original menu – hamburger sandwiches, of course: single, double, triple, chili, Frosty, fries – and the lines Read More


Let it be us

By Miguel Perez Chief Operating Officer Let it be me. Let it be us. As I drove to work today, I skipped my usual NPR morning news and opted for my iPod instead. I hit shuffle and the first song to play was Ray Lamontagne’s, “Let it be me.” There comes a time, a time Read More


Is your workplace adoption-friendly?

By Carrie Boerio Senior Director of Programs As a society, we understand that birth parents need time not only to recover physically, but also the priceless time to bond with their new child. Most of us have medical benefits through our workplaces that help cover the costs of childbirth, and a growing number of employers Read More


Spreading the word

By Staci Perkins Senior Director, Marketing & Communications When I started with the Foundation a little more than two years ago, I thought I knew about foster care adoption. I was wrong. The world of adoption, specifically from foster care, is fraught with myths and misperceptions about the process, the money (or lack of) involved, Read More


The child we were always meant to have

Today’s guest post is by Tracy Mazuer. When my husband and I met Jonathan, he was 12 ½ and playing the Mexican game Lotería at what would be his last “adoption fair” with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. By the following year he would age out of this program — Read More


Everyone has a part to play

By Steve Meier Senior Director of Finance There has been a lot of growth at the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption since I started in December 2004. We’ve helped more than 3,100 children find their families; we have more than 150 recruiters in all 50 states and Canada helping to find homes for children in Read More


‘No deposit, no return!’

By Robin Campbell Sr. Director of Corporate Relations  Idyllic. That was my childhood. Running with my brother and riding our bikes down the alleys behind Kenilworth Avenue. Our destination was always the same: Shaheen’s grocery store. Mr. Shaheen would give us two cents for every pop bottle we found, so my brother and I would Read More


What do they need to hear?

By Miguel Perez Chief Operating Officer  Last year we set out to debunk myths about children in foster care with our “I am” public service announcement video and poster campaign.  While we should have called it “I am not,” we didn’t like the negativity of the name. But, by sharing what these children are not, Read More


Wendy Thomas and Father’s Day Frosty Weekend

We are excited to have this guest blog from Wendy Thomas, a very special person to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Not only is she a daughter of Dave Thomas and the namesake of Wendy’s restaurants across the globe, but she is a passionate member of our board of trustees, and proud to help Read More


Do gooders

Guest post by Carrie Boerio Senior Director of Programs For two days in May, people who do good came from all corners of North America to Columbus, Ohio. We brought together a group of passionate professionals who find loving, adoptive families for victims of child abuse and neglect for our annual Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Summit. Read More