Child-Focused Adoption Recruitment Across Texas


The Adoption Recruitment Collaborative team is partnering with the Dave Thomas for Adoption Foundation to help expand it’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program across Texas to find adoptive homes for children most at risk of aging out of foster care without a family.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA) is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated to dramatically increasing the number of adoptions of children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Through its Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program, the Foundation supports the hiring of adoption recruiters who use a child-focused model to serve the hardest-to-place children in foster care. That includes teenagers, children with special needs and siblings. A rigorous, five-year national evaluation revealed that a child referred to Wendy’s Wonderful Kids is up to 3x more likely to be adopted. 

In 2017, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption launched a multi-year business plan to scale Wendy’s Wonderful Kids in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

TACFS is partnering with the Foundation to help scale the program across Texas. Currently, the Foundation supports seven Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters from three organizations: Arms Wide Adoption Services, Helping Hand Home for Children and Upbring. Together, these recruiters have helped to find permanent homes for more than 440 children in foster care.

Join us virtually on January 24th in Austin, Texas to hear more about the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and how expansion of its Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program can have a life-changing impact for our state’s most vulnerable children in foster care. Please contact our DTFA Project Coordinator, Chelsey Castro, at with any questions.

To learn more about the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program and the Foundation’s child-focused recruitment model, visit


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