Rita Soronen

You Can Give the Gift of Family This Holiday Season

A gift to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption supports children like Haylee
After living a life of uncertainty, growing up in homes that were deemed unsafe and foster homes that were not permanent, Haylee was adopted by the Patterson family when she was 14 years old. "They love me for me and work with me through the hard times. They do not give up on me." This holiday season, give the gift of family to help us find a permanent home and loving family for more youth, like Haylee.

The Dave Thomas Foundation Announces Shop for a Cause!

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption recently launched an online boutique filled with items to celebrate adoption. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is the only public nonprofit charity in the United States that is focused exclusively on foster care adoption.

Nonprofit Spotlight: Dave Thomas Foundation

Foundation initiative will go nationwide over the next four years.

By Kitty McConnell French

Twenty-five years ago, Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas embarked on a revolutionary mission. His goal: Make the adoption system in America work for all children in need of adoptive families.

“He founded this organization to focus on this specific group of children who are in the tenuous position of waiting for a family (and) aging out of the foster care system without the family that was promised to them,” says Rita Soronen...

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National Adoption Day: From an Idea to a Movement


November is National Adoption Month. Saturday, November 19 is National Adoption Day. Celebrated across North America, both the month and the day are a time to celebrate the extraordinary and ever so simple act of human love – creating or expanding a family through adoption and embracing a child with all of the hope a family generates. By doing so, adoption from foster care fuels a promising future for thousands of our most vulnerable citizens.

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Welcomes more than 400 to Annual Summit


The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption held its annual Summit in Columbus, Ohio May 3-5. More than 400 adoption recruiters, supervisors, donors and staff were on hand for three days of discussion and seminars surrounding child welfare.

This year, one adoption recruiter was honored for 11 years of service to the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. Diana Tolstedt works for St. John’s Lutheran Ministries in Billings, Montana. For more than a decade she has used the Foundation’s child-focused recruitment model to find homes for the children who have been in foster care the longest.

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