Every Heart Needs a Home

Creating Forever Families through a child-centered approach

Dave Thomas cared about children waiting in foster care because he knew first-hand what an adoptive family could be.  In 1992, he established the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to raise awareness of adoption and help every child find a permanent loving home.

Celebrating its 25th year, the Foundation maintains a very strong partnership with the Wendy’s system of restaurants and franchisees, and remains focused on its singular mission to find forever families for children in foster care. It’s a mission we share – that every child should feel safe, cared for and loved by a family.

In 2004, the Foundation created the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. The program hires adoption recruiters that take on a smaller caseload so they can get to know the children.  Their job simply put is to find the right family to fit a CHILD.  It is a child focused approach and IT WORKS!