Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

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 adoption easier and more affordable. Thomas' daughter Wendy serves on the foundation's board of trustees.[1][2]



Located in Dublin, Ohio, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of the more than 137,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas, who was adopted, the Foundation implements results-driven national signature programs, foster care adoption awareness initiatives and research-based advocacy efforts.

The Foundation’s efforts are led by president and CEO Rita Soronen.[3] Soronen serves on the board of directors of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and the Ohio CASA/GAL Assn. and is a fellow for the Jefferson Fellowship for Executive Leadership. She is a recipient of the National CASA Association Kappa Alpha Theta Program Director of the Year and the national Angels in Adoption award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption.[4]

The Foundation raises money to provide free educational resources, promote awareness, assist policymakers and employers, and support adoption professionals and agencies throughout the United States and Canada -- to ensure that every child finds a forever home. Signature programs of the Foundation include Wendy's Wonderful Kids -- a network of adoption recruiters throughout North American focused exclusively on North America's longest-waiting children; and Adoption-Friendly Workplace -- Tools and expert guidance for companies and parents to help support adoption benefits like financial reimbursement and paid leave. DTFA Kickball for a Home is new program launched in 2011 to encourage engagement, fun and fundraising efforts.

The Wendy’s Company supports the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption with in-store donation canisters, Father’s Day Frosty campaign and Halloween Coupon books.


The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption received the Shining Star Award presented by Congressional Quarterly and the Creative Coalition at the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions for its significant work to find forever families for children in foster care.[5]

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption's "Wendy's Wonderful Kids" program earned a 2007 Adoption Excellence Award from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.


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