Wendy's Wonderful Kids Releases Evaluation Results

The Child Trends organization recently completed a multi-state research project to study the impact of child-focused recruitment on adoption outcomes.  This five-year study focused on children in foster care who were assigned to caseworkers from the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK) program, a program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.  Full reports of the study outcomes can be found on the Dave Thomas Foundation website, but some compelling highlights to note about this remarkable program:

Children in foster care served by Wendy’s Wonderful Kids are 1.7 times more likely to be adopted than those not served by WWK.

For older children, the impact of WWK is even greater, with the likelihood of adoption up to three times higher than for children not served by WWK.

For children with mental health disorders served by WWK are three times more likely to be adopted than those not served by WWK.

Since its inception in 2004 as a pilot project, WWK has served more than 7,300 children, including 2,512 who have been placed in permanent adoptive homes.

Kinship Center is proud to have the WWK program in Los Angeles, CA as a part of the array of services offered to children and families around the state. To find out more about Kinship Center and our WWK program, please click here.

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