Wendy’s Does the Right Thing, Backing Life Instead of Death

Abortion is a hot topic these Days and many businesses are hopping on to add their two cents to the issue. But Wendy’s has been helping kids for years now. They are helping children get adopted.

As an adoptee himself, Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas always held the cause of adoption close to his heart. He credited his summers in Maine with his grandmother as teaching him the value of hard work and perseverance, and his time eating in local restaurants with his father after his adoptive mother died that made him value restaurants as a place of sharing and family closeness.

These core values led Dave Thomas to found one of the most successful fast food chains in the US, and through his success in business, spurred him on to philanthropic advocacy. He made several trips to the White House to raise awareness about adoption and to advocate for adoption benefits for federal employees and others.

In 1990, Dave was invited to the White House again to be a spokesman for a national adoption awareness campaign. But Dave wanted to do more, and in 1992 he founded the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, which has been called the “biggest game in adoption today,” and receives high ratings on Charity Navigator.

Wendys came out with an additional charity program to help orphans find families in 2004.

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids formed the second pillar of our mission (the first being awareness), which was … putting in place evidence-based programs that apparently were lacking. In this country, there are 110,000 children waiting to be adopted. That’s a lot of children who are at risk of turning 18, leaving foster care without a family. They are much more susceptible to negative outcomes as adults. The one-off grant-making we were doing on a national scale, the great public awareness — we still at the end of the day couldn’t measure whether we were doing what we promised in our mission.

We interviewed hundreds of social workers, agencies, child-welfare leaders and said, “Help us understand.” What we heard time and again was, “We have neither the human resources nor the financial resources to help this population.” For the most part, social workers were resorting to public displays: websites, Wednesday’s Child programs, catalogs. For a 15-year-old who’s been in care for 10 years in foster homes, this isn’t the kind of child those programs are going to work for. We have to do a different way of finding families for these children.”

The money gets used to hire more adoption agents to help more children get adopted.

We need more of this. We need people to understand that adoption is a very real alternative to abortion. This is a great charity. More institution should get behind initiatives that actually help children, instead of killing them like planned parenthood.