Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada is a proud recipient and supporter of The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA), (founded by the same Dave Thomas of Wendy’s restaurant fame). As North America’s only nonprofit charity dedicated to finding permanent homes for children and youth in foster care, the DTFA is a committed supporter of Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada through their Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program.
With a focus on children and youth who have been waiting for the longest periods of time, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids is a national initiative that places adoption professionals within adoption agencies to integrate proactive, child-focused recruitment strategies and help these kids find forever families. Granting money through the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada to public and private adoption agencies, the program has hundreds of recruiters working throughout Canada and the U.S., and to date has helped thousands of seemingly “unadoptable” children, many of whom are older, in sibling groups, or have physical or emotional challenges, find the love and security of a permanent home.
As part of our past five14 Talks, in celebration of Children and Youth in Care Day, Rita Soronen, president and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, delivered an impactful presentation on “Unadoptable is Unacceptable”. Sharing her wealth of experience and knowledge, she shared the moving story of a young man who longed to be adopted, right up until the end of his short life.