We believe the best place for a child is in a safe and healthy family. It is an unfortunate reality that sometimes children in our own communities are removed from their birth families due to abuse or neglect, and where parental rights have been terminated. When this happens, our goal is to provide permanency and find a "forever family" for these children who deserve to live and grow in a family just as much as every other child does.
We believe very strongly that children will live a healthier life when they have a permanent family, as opposed to temporary placements for their childhood. We also believe that there is a family for every child.
By becoming an adoptive parent, you provide so much more than a home for a child. You provide a resource, a relationship, a sense of belonging, security, and safety. You help a child learn how to become a part of something bigger than themselves, how to be a parent as they become adults, and how to trust someone that cares about them.
We work exclusively with and for children in the Child Welfare System. We will work very hard to make sure adoption is right for you, to make sure you are prepared, and to match you with a child.
Could you be the family a child needs?
Adoption Through Foster Care
There is no such thing as a perfect family, but we believe there is a family who would be perfect for every child. If you are interested in adopting a child from the foster care system, you have a great chance of doing so with our adoption program. Whether you are single, married, have children, or not - you can become an adoptive parent. And we will be with you every step of the way.
We understand that you may be nervous about doing foster care for a number of reasons: there is uncertainty, fear of a child leaving, and a desire to adopt. But the reality is that most adoptions from child welfare occur through foster care. It is also the best way to gain valuable experience and learn which kinds of children you are best able to care for.
Wendy's Wonderful Kids
We operate Wendy's Wonderful Kids, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, in South Dakota with offices in Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Our focus through this program is to find adoptive families for children who are waiting to be adopted from foster care. The children we serve often are those who have been in foster care the longest. They may be older, in a sibling group, have needs because of trauma or abuse, or have special needs or medical needs.
Together, we believe that no child is unadoptable.
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