Sometimes it takes a child to clarify the complex

We just received a kick-start-to-the-New-Year letter from 5-year-old Katherine.  Although penned by her mom, Katherine’s kindergarten signature was at the bottom.  Here is what she said: Dear Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, My name is Katherine. I just turned 5 years old. I watched a movie recently about a young boy who was an orphan. The movie Read More

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids – It works!

In 2003, we began the journey of designing and implementing a model recruitment program that could work for every child waiting to be adopted from foster care – not just some of the children waiting to be adopted, but each and every one of them. At the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, we simply decided Read More

‘Careful the things you say’

Last week I heard a child welfare professional charged with the care of dozens of children waiting to be adopted say, “We have done so much work for him, but had to take him out of another placement.  Honestly, he is just proving to me that he is unadoptable.” The child about whom she was Read More

These children are our responsibility

I was recently asked, “If you could give someone considering foster care adoption one piece of advice, what would it be?” Excellent question! Today in America there are 107,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted, and yet there are also many challenges that anyone jumping into the child welfare system faces — unresponsive agencies, Read More

It’s easy to pretend

30,000. 115,000. As a nation, we’re consumed by billions and trillions as measures of economic and political policy conversations. So, by comparison, 30,000 doesn’t seem like much. 115,000 is more, but compared to a $14 trillion national debt, it is hard to pay attention. We’ve become immune to the power of numbers because we speak Read More


Can you imagine being a five-year-old and learning that the world is violent as your body is battered and bruised at the hand of those who should love you most?  Can you imagine waking in the morning at age 12 and facing a day without food or heat or adequate clothing and having to take Read More

Do you know where the children are?

Do you remember a national public service announcement from years ago, usually aired before the late local news, with the message, “It’s 11 p.m. Do you know where your children are?” It was a not-so-subtle curfew reminder for parents, encouraging them to take care of their children, to get them off the streets and into Read More