Find a Wendy's location near you supporting foster care adoption through the Dave Thomas Foundation.
Find a Wendy's location near you supporting foster care adoption through the Dave Thomas Foundation.
Face it. Without adoption, Wendy’s® wouldn’t be here.

Being adopted into a family allowed Wendy’s founder, Dave Thomas, to realize his dream of starting a family restaurant.  Now, it’s a Snap to help children in foster care achieve their dreams, too. Here's how you can help: visit a Wendy's, unlock and share our Snapchat filter, and we'll donate $5 to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®.

Your participation 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

Helping children in foster care is even more gratifying when you do it at Wendy’s®. Whether you get a Snap Cup, dine here on National Adoption Night, purchase a Frosty Key Tag or a Frosty Coupon Book, or simply drop your change in the counter canister, you’re helping us change their worlds.

Wendy's donates money from cause campaigns to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®.
Grant Distribution
Grant Distribution

Our goal is simple: find a loving home for every child in foster care. One of the ways we do this is by donating money from our cause campaigns to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®, which issues grants to adoption agencies to hire and train specialized recruiters through the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program. Together, we’ve helped thousands of children across North America, and we’re helping more every day.

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 recruiters from the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program. These amazing individuals are paired with children in foster care, working with them in small caseloads to focus more time and effort on finding the best home for the child. Their proven tactics get results; children paired with a WWK recruiter are 300% more likely to be adopted.

Children in the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program have often been waiting the longest for their adoptive families.
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids®
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids®

Children in the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program have often been waiting the longest for their adoptive families. The average child in the program is 8 years old and has spent more than 3 years in foster care. Each year, more than 20,000 children turn 18 and age out of the foster care system, making them ineligible for adoption. Our goal is to make sure they all find their permanent family.

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

So far, the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program has helped more than 7,000 children get adopted into loving homes. But we’re not finished until every child in foster care has a home. That’s what Dave would want. By 2029, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® hopes to have 2,500 Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters in the U.S. and Canada, serving more than 60,000 children.

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

Helping children in foster care is even more gratifying when you do it at Wendy’s®. Whether you get a Snap Cup, dine here on National Adoption Night, purchase a Frosty Key Tag or a Frosty Coupon Book, or simply drop your change in the counter canister, you’re helping us change their worlds.

Wendy's donates money from cause campaigns to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®.
Grant Distribution
Grant Distribution

Our goal is simple: find a loving home for every child in foster care. One of the ways we do this is by donating money from our cause campaigns to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®, which issues grants to adoption agencies to hire and train specialized recruiters through the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program. Together, we’ve helped thousands of children across North America, and we’re helping more every day.

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 recruiters from the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program. These amazing individuals are paired with children in foster care, working with them in small caseloads to focus more time and effort on finding the best home for the child. Their proven tactics get results; children paired with a WWK recruiter are 300% more likely to be adopted.

Children in the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program have often been waiting the longest for their adoptive families.
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids®
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids®

Children in the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program have often been waiting the longest for their adoptive families. The average child in the program is 8 years old and has spent more than 3 years in foster care. Each year, more than 20,000 children turn 18 and age out of the foster care system, making them ineligible for adoption. Our goal is to make sure they all find their permanent family.

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

So far, the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program has helped more than 7,000 children get adopted into loving homes. But we’re not finished until every child in foster care has a home. That’s what Dave would want. By 2029, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® hopes to have 2,500 Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters in the U.S. and Canada, serving more than 60,000 children.

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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 DTFA is Wendy's charity of choice and foster care adoption is our brand's signature cause.

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Thank You, Recruiters

Wendy's Wonderful Kids recruiters tackle the most challenging adoption cases. Supporting the work of foster care adoption isn't easy, but it's worth it.

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