Governor Cuomo Announces $9.1 Million Partnership to Find Permanent Homes and Families for Older Foster Children

  For Immediate Release: 1/30/2018 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has awarded the New York State Office of Children and Family Services a $5.1 million grant over four years to hire family recruiters for older children who have spent more than two years in the foster care Read More

Foundation Names New Chair and Vice Chair

Columbus, Ohio – January 10, 2018 – The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption announced today that Mary Schell, chief public affairs officer for The Wendy’s Company, has been elected as chair of its board of trustees. Todd Penegor, president and chief executive officer of The Wendy’s Company, has been elected vice chair. Schell, who has Read More


CBS announced that singer-songwriter Josh Groban will headline the 19th annual A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, to be broadcast Tuesday, Dec. 19 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Also, Kelly Clarkson, Kacey Musgraves and Kane Brown are set to perform on the special. A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS features uplifting stories of adoption Read More


  WASHINGTON – Save The Adoption Tax Credit Working Group issues the following statement in response to the House Ways and Means Committee’s updated tax reform bill and the release of Senate Republicans’ proposed tax reform bill: “We are deeply appreciative that the House Ways and Means Committee has reversed its proposed elimination of the Read More

American Express ranked #1 on Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace List

Annual list recognizes the top 100 U.S. companies Columbus, Ohio – For the 11th year, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption surveyed the nation’s employers in search of those with the best adoption benefits. The Foundation compares financial reimbursement and paid leave given to new adoptive parents. This year, there is a new company atop Read More

Jessica Jackson Mrs Arkansas

“Foster care is where kids go when their parents don’t want them anymore.” From the mouth of babes. A stunning realization washed over me as I stood in front of my classroom telling them I’d be out the next day volunteering with children in foster care. Foster Care. Two words. So much meaning and confusion. Read More

Pat O’Brien

After 30 years of working in child welfare not much surprises me anymore, until I met one 18 year old young man. For simplicity sake, let’s call him John. John was living in a group home and was about to turn 18. In most cases that meant that he’d age out of the system without Read More

Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace Survey is Open

Columbus, Ohio – Does your company offer adoption benefits to its employees in the form of financial reimbursement or paid time off? If so, you are working for an adoption-friendly workplace. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption wants to recognize your company in its 2017 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace survey that is open now. For 11 Read More

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Names Two New Board Members

Columbus, Ohio – The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption welcomes two new board of trustees members this month. Deepak Ajmani and Robert Geen will each join the board for a three-year term. Ajmani is the Vice President of Restaurant Services for the Wendy’s Company based in Dublin, Ohio. Ajmani most recently led the Florida Division Read More

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption CEO named 2017 Woman of Achievement

Columbus, Ohio – Each year the YWCA of Columbus recognizes a select group of women as their annual Women of Achievement. Only 249 women have earned this honor over the past 31 years. This year, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption President and CEO Rita Soronen has been given this honor as a member of the Read More