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May 2007Vol. 8, No. 4Wendy's Wonderful Kids Program Goes Nationwide

The recent expansion of the Wendy's Wonderful Kids Program represents an important milestone for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Beginning with only seven recruitment sites and a handful of recruiters in 2004, the program currently funds sites in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Canada. In only 2 years, the number of recruiters has grown to 87, making Wendy's Wonderful Kids an important provider of adoption services.

Through a combination of successful recruitment efforts, in-store fundraising, and a well-managed grants system, Wendy's Wonderful Kids has played an important role in increasing the number of children adopted from foster care. Program recruiters are able to devote 100 percent of their time matching waiting kids with families and working closely with local foster care systems. Since its inception, Wendy's Wonderful Kids recruiters have helped more than 1,000 children find loving, permanent homes.

Wendy's Wonderful Kids now hopes to meet its goal of helping 8,000 to 10,000 children by 2010. Currently, 165 children matched by the program are in preadoptive homes and awaiting permanent adoption.

Learn more about Wendy's Wonderful Kids signature program or the Dave Thomas Foundation: