The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption uses grantmaking to dramatically increase adoptions of children waiting in foster care. We invest significant resources in our results-driven signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids. We also provide general grants to organizations with proven or innovative initiatives that further our mission.
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids grants
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids is making a difference for thousands of children — one child at a time. We award grants to public and private adoption agencies to hire adoption recruiters who implement our evidence-based, child-focused recruitment model targeted exclusively on moving America’s longest-waiting children from foster care into adoptive families. Recently-released research from a five-year evaluation of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids shows that children referred to the program are up to three times more likely to get adopted. Read the full research results.
To be eligible for a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids grant, your agency may be public or private, and must have access to children in foster care and their case files. Organizations meeting these criteria may submit an agency profile to be considered if and when the Foundation expands in their area.
- Click here to learn more about eligibility or apply to be a potential Wendy’s Wonderful Kids grantee.
General adoption grants
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption supports new and innovative ideas and proven programs that focus on foster care adoption in the United States. The programs listed to the right have a national impact or include a plan for national replication and are supported by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Please do not solicit the Foundation for grant funding.