Human Services

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Columbus, OH

Mission

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption will dramatically increase the number of adoptions of children waiting in North America's foster care systems.

Ruling Year

1992

President & CEO

Ms. Rita Soronen

Main Address

716 Mt. Airyshire Blvd., Suite 100

Columbus, OH 43235 USA

Keywords

Dave Thomas, adoption, foster care adoption, foster care

EIN

31-1356151

 Number

5701016101

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Foster Care (P32)

Adoption (P31)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Children enter foster care through no fault of their own, because they have been abused, neglected or abandoned. These children are victims and those who become available for adoption deserve our best efforts to find them a safe, loving and permanent family. As our founder, Dave Thomas, always said,

“These children are not someone else's responsibility. They are our responsibility."

Right now, there are more than 430,000 children in foster care in the United States. More than 117,000 of them are available for adoption. That means 117,000 children need our help so that they can grow up in a loving and supportive family. Each year, more than 20,000 children age out of foster care in the United States. The Foundation won't stop until every waiting child has a loving family.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Wendy's Wonderful Kids & Child-Focused Recruitment Model Training

Foster Care Adoption Awareness and Advocacy-- Adoption-Friendly Workplace

National Adoption Day

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Number of downloads of the organization's materials and explanations

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Foster Care Adoption Awareness and Advocacy-- Adoption-Friendly Workplace

Context notes

We provide free adoption materials to people who are interested in learning more about foster care adoption. These numbers represent the number of requests each year of our free resources.

Number of hours of training

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Wendy's Wonderful Kids & Child-Focused Recruitment Model Training

Context notes

The Foundation conducts training and workshops to teach WWK recruiters, supervisors and other adoption professionals about our Child Focused Recruitment model, which is proven to be 3x more effective.

Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Wendy's Wonderful Kids & Child-Focused Recruitment Model Training

Context notes

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption serves children in foster care across the U.S. and Canada. These numbers represent the number of children on our Wendy's Wonderful Kids caseload each year.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is committed to dramatically increasing the number of adoptions of children waiting in North America's foster care systems. Our vision is that every child will have a permanent home and a loving family and that adults understand the unique trauma and challenges children in foster care experience.

Since 2004, The Foundation's signature program, Wendy's Wonderful Kids, has focused on finding adoptive homes for children who have been waiting the longest, including those over the age of 9, sibling groups, children with special needs and youth who have given up hope of ever being adopted. In doing so, we are addressing the critical need to decrease the 20,000 youth each year who leave foster care at age 18 without a permanent home. Children who are not adopted are at a much higher risk of homelessness, unemployment, early parenting, substance abuse and criminal involvement.

The Foundation's Wendy's Wonderful Kids recruiters are specially trained in our evidence-based child-focused recruitment model (proven to be up to three times more effective than typical adoption strategies), and diligently work to make sure the each waiting child on their caseload has a forever home. In the past 14 years, with the generous support of The Wendy's Company, its franchisees and suppliers, and the Foundation's supporters, the Wendy's Wonderful Kids program has grown dramatically, training and supporting more than 300 recruiters in all 50 states.

The Foundation also employs strategic national awareness campaigns to raise the national consciousness about children waiting to be adopted from foster care and to dispel the myths and misperceptions that surround them.

Given our successes, in 2016, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption launched an aggressive 12-year business plan to achieve full national scale of the Wendy's Wonderful Kids program in all 50 states and D.C. By 2028 and in partnership with child welfare systems in the states and committed philanthropic associates, the Foundation will be supporting 2,600 Wendy's Wonderful Kids recruiters and will have facilitated 60,000 adoptions of the longest waiting children nationwide.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption implements evidence-based, results-driven national service programs. Our signature program, Wendy's Wonderful Kids, has resulted in more than 7,000 adoptions to date, and is being implemented in 50 states, D.C. and six provinces in Canada.

Our unprecedented rigorous five-year evaluation of the child-focused recruitment model shows that children served by Wendy's Wonderful Kids are up to three times more likely to be adopted than children who are not served by the program. Our valuable relationships with policy makers, government leaders and decision-makers allow us to influence policy and practice change on behalf of waiting children.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is committed to maintaining our evidence-based approach. All Wendy's Wonderful Kids recruiters follow our child-focused recruitment model and track their finalized adoptions through our sophisticated database. Fidelity to the model is critical to the program's success, and, along with other indicators, is monitored regularly by staff grant managers.

The Foundation also measures the success of awareness campaigns through increased engagement on digital platforms, donations through those platforms and increased awareness metrics. In the past five years, our Neilson Adoptions Attitude survey shows that more Americans are seriously considering foster care adoption and a majority of Americans (58%) believe that every child is adoptable, both significant increases from prior surveys.

Thousands of children are in loving, permanent homes due to our diligent search tactics and commitment to finding them adoptive families. Along with finalized adoptions, the Foundation has changed the attitudes of a majority of Americans who now believe all children are adoptable and understand that children in foster care are victims of their circumstances. In fact, more Americans who are considering adoption are seriously considering foster care adoption.

However, more work must be done. There are still more than 117,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted in the United States. Each year, children are abused or neglected and continue to enter foster care; more than 20,000 children in the U.S. left care with out being adopted last year. While more than 50 percent of Americans understand that children in foster care are not juvenile delinquents, nearly 50 percent believe they are. Also, there are still misconceptions about the costs of foster care adoption and who qualifies to adopt.

Our work will not be done until every child has a loving, permanent family and the misperceptions that create barriers to adoptions are eliminated.

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Financials

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No