The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding adoptive homes for children waiting in North America’s foster care system. Created in 1992 by Wendy’s Founder Dave Thomas, who was adopted as a child, the Foundation works to provide grants to national and regional adoption organizations for programs that raise awareness and make adoptions easier and more affordable. Thomas’ daughter Wendy serves on the foundation’s board of trustees.
At the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, they believe that they have the responsibility to be the voice of foster care adoption, so that every child finds a family. They exist to find homes for children who are waiting to be adopted from foster care in North America, In the process, they work to inform adults who may have misperceptions about foster care adoption that keep them from getting involved. Through the money we raise, we are able to provide free educational resources, promote awareness, assist policymakers and employers, and support adoption professionals, called Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters, and agencies throughout the United States and Canada to ensure that every child finds a forever home.
As of January, 2017, The Foundation exceeded 6,000 finalized adoptions of children served by Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters, and have served more than 10,000! These are the children who many consider to be unadoptable. Wendy’s Wonderful Kids is making a difference for thousands of children – one adoption at a time. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption awards grants to public and private adoption agencies to hire adoption professionals who implement proactive, child-focused recruitment programs targeted exclusively on moving America’s longest-waiting children from foster care into adoptive families.
These professionals work on caseloads of children the system has forgotten, ensuring they have the time and resources to give each child as much attention as he or she deserves. These recruiters employ aggressive practices and proven tactics focused on finding the best home for a child. Wendy’s Wonderful Kids has 194 recruiters working for children throughout the U.S. and Canada. The program has helped thousands of children get adopted by their forever families.
Cedar has supported The Foundation since the beginning and continues the commitment with each market acquisition. In most cases, Cedar participates in the national fundraising programs, such as Father’s Day Frosty Weekend, the Front-Counter Coin Canister Program; and in the past, the Halloween Treat Book Program and the Jr. Frosty Key Tag Campaign.
In 2016 Cedar raised $98,870 for the Foundation, combining all five markets.
Source: The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption website.