Better together

I admit it – I am a hopeless film fanatic.  Good, bad, terrifying, tearjerker – I am a sucker for it all. And as I get older, I am more and more fascinated by the dynamics of getting a movie made, from concept to DVD release and how that relates to what we can accomplish Read More

One amazing gentleman

One person, one voice can make all the difference. Mike Givens, my dear friend and dedicated Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption board member was that person – that voice. Yesterday we lost him to a horrible illness – much too early – but in the 14 years that I knew him, he made an impact Read More

10 ways to stop 23,000 children from aging out of foster care

Or, how to quit making excuses and do our job When I talk to audiences not familiar with the child welfare system, I share startling numbers – more than six million children last year were involved in reports of abuse or neglect and more than 400,000 were in foster care. And today, 101,000 children are Read More

Honoring Marian Wright Edelman for International Women’s Day

I am joining the call to #makeithappen. As remarkable women around the world are recognized during International Women’s Day 2015, I can think of so many who have created, influenced, advocated and led, with passion, grace and focus and who have paved the way for each of us. But, the one woman I must honor Read More

Every child

Every child deserves a home. Yet the child welfare system does not have a sound record of developing best practices for serving children and youth waiting to be adopted who have been identified as “difficult to place” — older youth, children with mental or physical challenges, children in sibling groups, children of a minority culture or race and/or youth who identified as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgendered (LGBT).

We are abandoning children in foster care

In our unrelenting drive to focus on older youth waiting to be adopted and the injustice of allowing 20,000+ to age out of care each year, we are excited to share our President and CEO’s opinion column from Help us spread the message by sharing this story and infographic: (CNN) — In 2012 in Read More

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids: A melancholy milestone

Anniversaries are just a little bittersweet at the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. This month, we mark 10 amazing and important years of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, yet I am keenly aware that we have not done enough. As we honor the 4,076 adoptions that are the direct result of the work of our recruiters – Read More

Breaking child welfare barriers across state lines

At the Foundation, we manage a robust national resource and information exchange, which allows us to respond to trends and recurring themes in the requests that come to us for help. The frustrations that surround interstate adoptions frequently rise to the top of challenges confronted by families adopting from foster care. An important strategy in Read More