Who is the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption?

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity that is committed to dramatically increasing the number of adoptions of children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Right now, more than 120,000 children are waiting to be adopted from foster care in the United States. We are racing against the clock to find permanent, loving homes for these young people before they age out of foster care.

HOW DOES MY GIFT MAKE AN IMPACT?

Through our signature program, Wendy's Wonderful Kidsģ, the Foundation supports the hiring of adoption recruiters who are dedicated to finding forever families for children in foster care who are often overlooked. These recruiters work with smaller caseloads to ensure every child receives the support they deserve. A rigorous, five-year national evaluation revealed that a child referred to the program is up to 3x more likely to be adopted.

During the COVID-19 crisis, Wendy's Wonderful Kids recruiters continued to work, using technology and other creative ways to stay connected to youth in their care and keep adoptions moving.

Monthly gifts are critical in helping the Foundation continue expanding Wendy's Wonderful Kids to serve more youth in foster care who need a forever family — right now. This includes teenagers, children with special needs and siblings, who many unjustly say are "unadoptable." But we have proven that with enough resources, we can find the right family for these young people.

Why Give Monthly?

Right now, your first monthly gift will be MATCHED, up to $5,000, by a group of generous supporters. That means your donation will go 2x as far in finding adoptive families for children who need our help the most.

Once you set up your recurring gift online, you can rest assured that you are making a life-changing impact for children waiting in foster care every day of the year, all year long. And if you donate $25 per month or more, you’ll receive a special t-shirt to show your support for foster care adoption.

With your support, the Foundation can fully expand Wendy's Wonderful Kids in all 50 states. To date:

WHY IS OUR FOSTER CARE SYSTEM IN CRISIS?

Our nation's child welfare system is being stretched far beyond its capacity as families are devastated by the opioid crisis and other issues. More than 420,000 children are in foster care in the U.S., 120,000 of whom have been permanently separated from their family of origin and are waiting for someone to step forward to adopt them — a 20% increase since 2012.

HOW IS THIS CRISIS IMPACTING CHILDREN?

Last year, more than 20,000 teens turned 18 or 21 and aged out of foster care without a permanent home. That's more than 50 young people per day! With nowhere to turn for support, they are at a much higher risk for negative outcomes — like homelessness and unemployment — which can happen to a child without the love and stability of a permanent family.

ARE CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE BECAUSE THEY ARE BAD KIDS?

No. Children enter foster care through no fault of their own because of abuse or neglect. The unfortunate reality is that many of these children are not returning to their birth families because it is simply not safe.

IS MY MONTHLY GIFT TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?

Donations to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption are in U.S. dollars and are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by U.S. law. Tax ID: 31-1356151.

Thank you for joining our inspiring community dedicated to making a lifetime of impact for children and teens in foster care who are counting on us right now.

Contact us

1-800-ASK-DTFA
info@davethomasfoundation.org

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
4900 Tuttle Crossing Blvd.
Dublin, OH 43016