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Family First with Wendy’s!

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Children in foster care “aren’t someone else’s responsibility,

they are our responsiblity

-Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s

I’ve always loved the burgers at Wendy’s. All through university, I would take the $5 or $6 I had to my name, and eat like a queen from the Value Menu at Wendy’s!

As the years passed, and we began to develop a heart for foster care adoption, I was excited to learn that Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s, also had the same heart for children in foster care. And it wasn’t just another cause to him — it was personal. He was adopted as a baby himself.

So, Dave founded the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in 1992, and out of that has come the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program. Wendy’s Wonderful Kids works to match children with adoptive families, and they’ve helped over 4500 children find Forever Families! Wendy’s passionately supports both the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Wendy’s Wonderful Kids , which is why they’ve introduced this brand new initiative!

November is National Adoption Month. And now, Wendy’s will be sharing the “Family First” stories of children adopted from foster care.

For many of us, a trip to the beach or a birthday party are fun, but are an expected part of family life. But for many children, that isn’t the case.

You may be familiar with my own family’s story of Kinship Care, which is very similar to foster care. The first time we took our little one to the beach was an experience for everyone. We dipped his tiny toes in the water, and watched his eyes grow wide as he tried to make sense of what we were doing. Even putting his feet on the sand was a fun experience! He wasn’t sure what to make of it the first few times, but soon enough, he was chest deep in water, running mud from the bottom of the lake through his fingers, splashing the other kids, and laughing great big, contagious belly laughs. It was so much fun to be a part of that!

Take a look at some of the stories Wendy’s has collected of Family First experiences, through the eyes of a child adopted from foster care:

Through the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program, staff work to match children that have been in foster care the longest. The sad truth is that older children are much less likely to be adopted. The older they get, the more those chances decrease. That’s why Wendy’s Wonderful Kids is such a great program! They are devoted to finding Forever Families for every child, no matter their age or ability. They do such a great job that children that are referred to Wendy’s Wonderful Kids are three times as likely to be adopted!

Watch more Family First stories at Wendy’s adoption page

Now, you can take the Family First stories of children adopted through foster care home with you on Wendy’s cold beverage and specialty cups.


Each cup tells the story of a child’s “first” with their new family, and is beautifully illustrated. A first trip to an amusement park, a first vacation, a first trip to the zoo, and a first birthday party — this is the stuff of childhood. And yet these children only had the chance to experience each of these things with their Forever Family after they were adopted through the efforts of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids.


And this is why Dave Thomas founded the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in the first place – to see children in foster care matched with loving families. Because of that desire, these Family Firsts have become very special memories for these kids and their new families.

These are children that our kids go to school with and play at the park with. What better way to give back to our own community than by supporting the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Wendy’s Wonderful Kids!

Check out more Family First stories and find out how you can help by visiting Wendy’s adoption page

I would love to hear your favourite “Family First”! What do you remember most about one of your children’s very first experiences?

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Article written by:

Megan is a WAHM to 3 (and then some) kids, who spends the majority of her time working as an Administrative Assistant, blogging and washing dishes. She loves to write about her adventures in parenting, running a home daycare, adoption and whatever else strikes her fancy!


  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Wendy’s is delicious. We love to stop there whenever possible. Their burgers are delicious. Everything else is too, for that matter.
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  2. Jaime Nicole

    It is so great to see a company really commit to something that helps others. We don’t have one all that close, but I love seeing that they are helping.

  3. Marissa

    Love reading this – I remember the commercials years ago with Dave Thomas urging people to reach out to foster and adopt. As an adopted child I always thought we should pick Wendy’s to support him and his message.


  4. Sophie O'Reilly

    How sweet is it to have those stories on the cup! I don’t think we have a wendy’s in the UK.
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  5. Sandy KS

    I love eating at Wendy’s when my family gets a chance. I love that Wendy’s supports adoption and advocates for them. I do believe we can do more when brands like Wendy’s do their part in helping with important issues. Such as adoption.
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  6. Deborah

    I love hearing stories like these, and those cups are a perfect way to honor those children and their families.
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  7. Jeannette

    I had no idea about this foundation but it’s amazing! I now love their burgers even more and have an even better reason to go to Wendy’s!
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  8. Caroline @ In Due Time

    I had no idea! I definitely have a new respect now that you shared this!
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  9. Michele D

    I love hearing stories like this too. It’s been a long time since I’ve gone to Wendy’s I’m so overdue!

  10. Digna

    How cute to have those stories on there. Of all the fast food places in our area, Wendy’s is the one our entire family enjoy the most. I’m sensing a trip this weekend after reading this.

  11. brianna

    If you ever get the chance to go to Wendy’s coportae headquarters in Dublin, Ohio they have an awesome tribute to Dave. There are several neat events that take place to help raise $ for the foundation. Such a great cause. 🙂
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  12. Mary Collins

    What a great post. I did not realize all of the activities Wendy implements to help meet the needs of children in foster care. Glorious!
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  13. Just Plain Marie

    That’s definitely one of the things I’ve always liked about Wendy’s, the association between Dave Thomas and fostering. 🙂
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  14. Annemarie LeBlanc

    We love burgers at Wendy’s. It is so heartwarming that they have this campaign to help children in foster care get adopted. I will continue to patronize Wendys so that they can help more children in need.
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  15. rika

    i always buy chili soup from Wendy’s ! Taste so good and very inexpensive. I Love their salad too. Those little cups are so cute
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  16. Melanie

    What a wonderful initiative. We don’t have Wendy’s in South Africa. 🙁
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  17. Erin

    I just heard about this the other day and it really made me love Wendys. I love when a company really stands behind something that matters!
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  18. Mykidsguide

    I haven’t been to Wendy’s for quite a while. It’s good to know that they are doing this to help the children get adopted.
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  19. Susannah

    Wow! I love what Wendy’s is doing for foster care and adoption!!! <3
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  20. Chrystal | YUM eating

    I am not much of a fast food person, but I really like the healthier options at Wendys. I dont feel deprived with those options.
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  21. lisa

    I love Wendy’s. They have good food when I’m looking for something quick. This is a great campaign that they are doing. The cups are so cute.
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  22. Chubskulit Rose

    We love Wendy’s, their services and food are equally great. I also love the charities they do supiort.
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  23. Lynndee

    Good to know that Wendy’s is having this great campaign. Kudos to them! I loved their baked potatoes when we were in Manila. They were so good. I’m not sure though if they have it here in the US.
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  24. Bonnie @wemake7

    Sounds like a really great foundation. I used to love going to Wendy’s but there not here anymore.

  25. Chantal

    I already loved Wendy’s before reading about this program but this makes me love it so much more! This is awesome! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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  26. Mardene Carr

    I love to see companies get involved in the lives of kids
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  27. Mimi MimiCuteLips" Green

    What a great partnership, I had no idea Dave was adopted. I just had Wendy’s for lunch and I’m mad I didn’t notice the details of my cup.
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  28. Crystal & Comp

    This warms my heart. Beautiful and sweet. Love that Wendy’s is doing this.
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  29. CourtneyLynne

    Omg I just love Wendy’s!!!! My favorite fast food restaurant because there food doesn’t taste like fast food!

  30. Krystal

    I love when companies support organizations and missions like this. It is nice to pay it forward and give back!
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  31. Yona Williams

    I knew that Wendy’s heavily supports adoption causes, but did not know that Dave Thomas was adopted himself. I absolutely love the concept of these cups.
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  32. Ashleigh

    I had seen these cups but I had no idea what they meant. How beautiful for them to do that!
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