The Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program addresses the urgency of finding permanent homes for children who, for a variety of reasons, cannot grow up in their birth families. Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s, was very passionate about adoption and strongly believed that “every child deserves a loving home”.
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids operates differently from the traditional Special Needs Adoption program because the children are referred to the program by the public agency and recruitment is geared specifically for these children. Traditional families are recruited and prepared, then children are referred for placement.
The Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program funds caseworkers with adoption agencies to find Wendy’s kids a permanent home. Youthville is our partner in Kansas. In addition, the program fully funds a “Waiting Child Exhibit” that was showcased at the Oklahoma State Capitol in January 2005 as well as other venues across the State of Oklahoma. The success of the “Waiting Child Exhibit” has been fantastic in uniting kids with potential families. To date over 100 kids have been adopted as a result of the exhibit and WWK will again sponsor the 2011 exhibit.
Each October the Dave Thomas Foundation sponsors a major fund-raiser to support the initiatives of the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Foundation. Wendy’s stores will sell Halloween Coupon books for only $1.00 each and each book contains (5) Free Jr. Frosty coupons. A great value and an opportunity to provide a great “treat” to the ghosts and goblins and come to your house each Halloween night. All monies raised support the adoption programs of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids.