"In the United States, 443,000 children are in foster care, more than 123,000 of whom are available for adoption. The average age of a child in foster care is 8.5 years old."
There seems to be a lot of banter going on about adoption vs abortion and companies, too, are clearly picking sides. According to an article by Live Action, Wendy's clearly has chosen adoption over abortion! Wendy's has started a program called Wendy's Wonderful Kids, which belongs to The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Through this program, they hope to give children a chance at finding a home for them to be adopted into. According to the website, the Foundation provides grants to adoption agencies to hire recruiters who use an evidence-based, child-focused recruitment model to find loving, permanent homes for children waiting in foster care.
The foundation works closely with child welfare advocates and policymakers so that they can provide free resources about foster care adoption, and also raise awareness through social media campaigns, public service announcements, and events. So, children who belong to the group they consider "more difficult to place" are given a little priority so that they can find families.
That group includes those children who are "older, have special needs, or are part of a sibling group." These kids are able to engage with the Wonderful Kids program to "find loving homes using evidence-based, child-focused methods." The fast-food chain started an initiative called the 'Cause Cups' in May. It features a Snap code, so customers who go to Wendy's can donate $5 towards the program just through a simple click.
Basically, they have three core beliefs: 1. Every child deserves a safe, loving and permanent family. 2. No child should linger in foster care or leave the system without a permanent family. 3. Every child is adoptable. Also, the foundation hopes to bring Wendy's Wonderful Kids program to all 50 states by 2028. Rita Soronen, President & CEO said, “Taking Wendy’s Wonderful Kids to scale in all 50 states and D.C. by 2028 is an ambitious plan, but one that is based on more than a decade of measured development and growth.”
It all began in 1990 when Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s, accepted President George H.W. Bush’s invitation to be the spokesperson for a national adoption awareness campaign. However, Dave knew he could do more. In 1992, he established the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Over the years, Dave’s modest charisma and simple sincerity helped spread the word about adoption. In 1997, he testified before Congress to support an adoption tax credit that aimed to make adoption more affordable. When Dave passed away in 2002, the world lost one of its greatest advocates for children.
Dave Thomas himself was adopted, which is probably why he's always been such a strong advocate of adoption. He spent his summers in Maine with his grandmother where he learned the value of hard work and perseverance. Why should we consider adoption? According to Dave, “These children are not someone else’s responsibility. They are our responsibility.”
In the United States, 443,000 children are in foster care, more than 123,000 of whom are available for adoption. The average age of a child in foster care is 8.5 years old. Additionally, children in foster care wait an average of at least 3 years to be adopted. These children need our help so that they can grow up in a safe, loving and permanent family. So, if you're pro-adoption, you know what to do.