The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is driven by a single goal: finding a loving family for every child waiting in foster care to get adopted. We are America’s only national nonprofit charity dedicated solely to finding permanent homes for the more than 100,000 children in foster care.
  • How We Work
    • Award grants to adoption organizations that connect children with families.
    • Increase awareness across the nation about waiting children and the process to adopt.
    • Raise funds to support our awareness and education programs.
    • Provide free resources to professionals and prospective and adoptive parents.
  • Our Core Beliefs
    • Every child deserves a safe, loving, and permanent family.
    • No child should linger in foster care or leave the system at age 18 without a permanent family of his or her own.
    • Every child is adoptable.

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Children served by the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program

are up to 300% more likely to get adopted

  • Graphic WWK Served

    12,427

    CHILDREN SERVED

  • Graphic WWK Matched

    8,355

    CHILDREN MATCHED

  • Graphic WWK Preadoptive

    603

    IN PRE-ADOPTIVE HOMES

  • Graphic WWK Adopted

    4,878

    CHILDREN ADOPTED

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MYTHS & REALITIES

Breaking down common misconceptions about foster care adoption.

  • Myth

    Foster care may cost less than private infant or international adoption, but it’s still expensive.

    Reality

    Foster care adoption normally costs little or nothing. Click here for more information on how much it costs to adopt.

  • Myth

    A biological parent can come to take an adopted child back.

    Reality

    This is a fear for nearly half of the people considering adoption. However, biological parents have no way to gain back custody of the child or children once their parental rights are terminated.

  • Myth

    Children enter foster care because they are juvenile delinquents.

    Reality

    This belief is held by 50 percent of Americans, but actually, children enter U.S. foster care through no fault of their own. Usually, they are victims of neglect, abandonment, or abuse.

  • Myth

    A single parent can’t provide a healthy environment for an adopted child.

    Reality

    A single parent can provide a loving, stable home. In fact, as the number of two-parent families declines, an increasing number of children live in single-parent homes. In 2012, this number was 28 percent¹.

  • Myth

    Same-sex parents are not capable of providing a healthy environment for an adopted child.

    Reality

    Practically every valid study to date concludes children of same-sex parents adjust well and grow up in positive environments compared with heterosexual families².

  • Myth

    No person over 55 can provide a healthy and loving environment for an adopted child.

    Reality

    This belief is held, erroneously, by 61 percent of Americans. In truth, almost one in four adopted children lives with an adoptive parent 55 years or older.

Unless stated otherwise, all statistics are from the National Foster Care Adoption Attitudes Survey, commissioned by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and conducted by Harris Interactive, June 2013.

¹Source: childtrendsdatabank.org
²Source: adoptioninstitute.org
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