Collaborative Effort Finds Homes for Kids with Greatest Needs

Kinship Center “Wendy’s Wonderful Kids” Recruiters Change Lives.

Each month, some of the most challenging and hard-to-place foster children in California are finding their adoptive “forever family” through the efforts of Kinship Center family recruiters who work directly with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, through the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program.

The Foundation awards grants to select agencies like Kinship Center to undertake aggressive, focused recruitment for families who can make safe, loving, permanent homes for some of the nation’s hardest-to-place children: those who are older, those with extraordinary needs,  or those who come in sibling groups. 

Hear from some of these children on  a powerful video segment from Dave Thomas Foundation.

“Wendy’s Wonderful Kids is a proven program that demands results, accountability and quality service on behalf of the children who need us most,” says Rita Soronen, Executive Director of the Dave Thomas Foundation.

On any given day in the U.S., some 550,000 children are in the foster care system, and more than 150,000 are available for adoption. Kinship Center Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter Kim Felder has shepherded thousands of adolescents, sibling groups and children with severe medical disabilities into permanent homes during her 20-year career. She takes the time to know each waiting child and does exhaustive research to match those unique needs with the right family. Felder’s devotion to detail ensures a high level of success; in 2009 Felder was awarded the prestigious Congressional “Angels in Adoption” award for her effectiveness in improving children’s lives.

“I have been blessed to pursue my life’s goal of helping children obtain the right to a permanent, loving family,” she says. “I cannot think of anything more important or rewarding.”

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