Some more good news to reach the headlines! Late last month, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption announced they were expanding the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program to Nevada. Through this program, the Foundation supplies funding to adoption agencies to hire recruiters who implement an evidence-based, child-focused recruitment model. According to the Foundation, the model of the program has been proven to be up to three times more effective at serving children who have been in foster care the longest, including teenagers, sibling groups and children with special needs.
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has worked tirelessly for almost 30 years to find permanent homes for more than 155,000 children in North America’s foster care systems. In 2017, the Foundation introduced a business plan to full scale the program across all 50 states and Washington D.C. As the plan comes to an end of phase one, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program is now under statewide expansion in Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington and now, Nevada. To date, this program has helped find adoptive homes for more than 9,000 children across the United States, including 146 youth in Nevada, the Dave Thomas Foundation stated.
Here’s a closer look at what has already been accomplished in Nevada:
- 406 children served
- 99 children currently on caseloads
- 238 children with families waiting for court finalization
- 146 permanent placements.
At Hawley and Associates, we believe every child is entitled to a loving family they can celebrate their successes and feel a sense of belonging. We are delighted to witness such massive action being taken by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. An evidence-based program, such as Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, is precisely the type of work needed to permanently place all children in foster care into safe, loving homes. We are looking forward to watching this incredible program expand across North America.