Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption coin canister
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption coin canister
Give a Little, Change a Lot

It’s often the little things that matter most. A loving hug from a parent, laughter with a sibling or a meal shared with family that build a life. Sadly, these special moments are more elusive for children waiting to be adopted from foster care. Wendy’s is here to make those special moments a reality, and you can help.

Every donation, of any size, can make a lifetime of impact.

Your support helps to create families through foster care adoption.

When you visit Wendy's, you are supporting our signature cause, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®.

Wendy's supports foster care adoption through Snap Cups, National Adoption Night, Frosty Key Tags and Frosty Coupon Books.
More Funds = More Families
More Funds = More Families

When you visit Wendy’s, we’re able to help the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption find permanent, loving homes for more children in foster care. Whether you purchase Boo! Books™ or a Frosty® Key Tag, or simply drop your change in the coin canister or donate through our app, you are helping to change the journey for children in foster care who need our help the most.

Specialized adoption recruiters from the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program are paired with children in foster care to find the best home for the child
The Difference Makers
The Difference Makers

The real champions of our adoption support program are the specialized adoption professionals, known as recruiters, who implement the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids®program. These amazing individuals work with smaller caseloads of children in foster care, ensuring they have enough time and resources to find the right home for every child. Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters use a child-focused recruitment model, and it works! Children served by the program are up to 3x more likely to be adopted.

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® Wendy's Wonderful Kids®
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids

The Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program serves children and youth who have been in foster care the longest. This includes teenagers, children with special needs and siblings who are often overlooked. Nearly 90% of the children served are over the age of 14 and have spent more than three years in foster care. These are kids who we know could age out of foster care without a family if we don’t help them.

Wendy's donates money from cause campaigns to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®.
A Growing Need
A Growing Need

Each year, more than 20,000 teens leave foster care without a family, leaving them at a higher risk of experiencing homelessness, unemployment and other negative outcomes. Funds raised through Wendy’s in-restaurant campaigns are critical to ensure there are enough Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters to find adoptive homes for vulnerable children in foster care — before it’s too late.

So far, the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program has helped more than 7,000 children get adopted into loving forever homes
Building Loving Families
Building Loving Families

With your help, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has found adoptive families for more than 11,000 children and counting. But we’re not finished until every child waiting in foster care has a permanent, loving home. That’s what Dave would want. Thank you for your support!

Wendy's supports foster care adoption through Snap Cups, National Adoption Night, Frosty Key Tags and Frosty Coupon Books.
More Funds = More Families
More Funds = More Families

When you visit Wendy’s, we’re able to help the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption find permanent, loving homes for more children in foster care. Whether you purchase Boo! Books™ or a Frosty® Key Tag, or simply drop your change in the coin canister or donate through our app, you are helping to change the journey for children in foster care who need our help the most.

Specialized adoption recruiters from the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program are paired with children in foster care to find the best home for the child
The Difference Makers
The Difference Makers

The real champions of our adoption support program are the specialized adoption professionals, known as recruiters, who implement the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids®program. These amazing individuals work with smaller caseloads of children in foster care, ensuring they have enough time and resources to find the right home for every child. Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters use a child-focused recruitment model, and it works! Children served by the program are up to 3x more likely to be adopted.

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® Wendy's Wonderful Kids®
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids

The Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program serves children and youth who have been in foster care the longest. This includes teenagers, children with special needs and siblings who are often overlooked. Nearly 90% of the children served are over the age of 14 and have spent more than three years in foster care. These are kids who we know could age out of foster care without a family if we don’t help them.

Wendy's donates money from cause campaigns to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®.
A Growing Need
A Growing Need

Each year, more than 20,000 teens leave foster care without a family, leaving them at a higher risk of experiencing homelessness, unemployment and other negative outcomes. Funds raised through Wendy’s in-restaurant campaigns are critical to ensure there are enough Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters to find adoptive homes for vulnerable children in foster care — before it’s too late.

So far, the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program has helped more than 7,000 children get adopted into loving forever homes
Building Loving Families
Building Loving Families

With your help, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has found adoptive families for more than 11,000 children and counting. But we’re not finished until every child waiting in foster care has a permanent, loving home. That’s what Dave would want. Thank you for your support!

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® Adoption Friendly Workplace™
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® Adoption Friendly Workplace™
Become an Adoption-Friendly Workplace

Wendy's offers adoption benefits to its employees, including paid time off, bonding leave and financial assistance for each adopted child. And, we're not alone! Hundreds of companies are “adopting” adoption benefits because all parents deserve support and time to bond with their children. Adoption-friendly policies create loyal and happy employees.

Why We Support Foster Care Adoption

Dave Thomas was adopted when he was just six weeks old. In 1992, he established the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The Foundation is Wendy's charity of choice and foster care adoption is our signature cause.

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Conner with his Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter, Jennifer
Thank You, Recruiters

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters serve the hardest-to-place youth in foster care. They don’t stop until they find each child the right home…because every child deserves the love and comfort of a family they know will always be there.

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