America’s attitudes on adoption are changing

Why adults consider foster care adoption or choose not to adopt from foster care may be driven by direct experience, word of mouth, or simple misperceptions they may have about the system or the children who are waiting to be adopted.


First look: How we implement Wendy’s Wonderful Kids across America

By Rita Soronen President and CEO Here at the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, we do a lot to make sure the recruiters we work with have everything they need to get children in foster care adopted. And as more and more people support the work we do, we have an even greater responsibility to Read More


Working for America’s longest-waiting children

By Rita Soronen President and CEO When Taylor was 5, he was placed in foster care. He moved back home twice, but was then permanently severed from his birth family at age 9. Although he was with a kind and loving foster family, they were like grandparents to him, and they felt that he should Read More


‘Each of us must be an advocate for children’

By Rita Soronen President and CEO Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by several bloggers about adoption, foster care and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. I had a really great time speaking with each of these amazing people who have so much passion for adoption and family. I want to Read More


4 resources for raising your child post adoption

By Rita Soronen President and CEO As we work to raise awareness about adoption from foster care, we frequently share stories of amazing families formed through adoption. We do this to show that families built this way are just as viable as those formed biologically. By showing success, we encourage participation. Others who see a Read More


The art of storytelling

By Rita Soronen President & CEO Storytelling is at the heart of all emotions. Think about it. You hear a song, the lyrics move you, you have an emotional reaction. You see a sad movie, you may cry. It’s no different with brands that vie for emotional connections with their consumers. And nonprofits simply must Read More


Adoption benefits: the silent employee benefits issue

By Rita Soronen President and CEO In the workplace, employers understand that families formed through biology need time to bond and, if possible, they also need some help with the associated expenses. They need networks and connections with other parents, and a little patience and understanding when children are ill, have special needs or are Read More


Our 10 most popular blog posts of 2012

By Rita Soronen President and CEO When we released the incredibly positive findings from the five-year study of our Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK) program in late 2011, we knew 2012 was going to be a big year for us. In May of this year, we announced a partnership with the Ohio Department of Job and Read More