Wendy's Wonderful Kids Adoption Program
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK) is making a difference for thousands of children for adoption—one child at a time. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption awards grants to public and private adoption agencies to hire adoption professionals who implement proactive, child-focused recruitment programs targeted exclusively on moving America’s longest-waiting children from foster care into adoptive families. Recently released research from a five-year evaluation of WWK shows that children referred to the program are up to three times more likely to get adopted.
Adoption professionals, known as WWK recruiters, work on caseloads of children the system has forgotten, ensuring they have the time and resources to give each child as much attention as he or she deserves. Recruiters employ aggressive practices and proven tactics focused on finding the best home for a child through the starting points of familiar circles of family, friends and neighbors, and then reaching out to the communities in which they live.
WWK has 194 recruiters working for children throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Mindy Williams, Maine’s only recruiter, who currently works with children in York, Cumberland and Androscoggin Counties. The WWK program has helped more than 4,076 children get adopted by their forever families. This number will only continue to grow!
The children served by WWK are typically those who have been waiting the longest for an adoptive family and home. By the time they are referred to a WWK recruiter, nearly 78% are older than eight, 17% have had six or more placements, and 39% have been in foster care more than four years. Some have never had a plan of adoption and have simply been on a track to age out of foster care at age 18 or 21 without the security and love of a permanent family.
FMI about Wendy's Wonderful Kids, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation, click here or contact WWK recruiter Mindy Williams at (207) 878-9663, x 4154.
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