Adoption Stories

Adoption Stories

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has one mission: To dramatically increase the number of children adopted from foster care. In the U.S. and Canada there are more than 130,000 children waiting for permanent, loving homes. It only takes one person to change the life of a child.

Read more Foundation adoption stories here or consider donating to help us find forever families for children waiting in foster care.

Content from this campaign

Being Thankful for Family: One Adopted Teen’s Story.
When you have a family, you can take it for granted. That will never be the case for Maci Kean. Adopted just 51 days before her 18th birthday she told the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption that she “never thought she’d feel love.” Everything changed for her after she was adopted by the Kean Family. Creating families. It’s what the Dave...
Nov 21, 2018 11:00 AM ET
The Biggest Blessing Was Hearing Them Call Us Mom and Dad for the First Time
“We knew during our first meeting with them that we needed them as much as they needed us,” said Wendy and Joseph Garren about the day they met their four children, Morgan, Logan, Trevor and Tiffany. These siblings spent nearly five years in foster care before being adopted by the Garrens in May 2017. “There was a huge adjustment was very hard for them to be able to put...
Nov 13, 2018 10:00 AM ET
How One Call Became a Calling
It was a sad time. My wife and I had tried to add to our family without success. It wasn’t an immediate decision, but we eventually decided to pursue adoption. From that moment, everything in our life changed. At last, we could see the light at the end of a tunnel. We went through background checks, home study, filled out a million forms, created an...
Oct 8, 2018 11:00 AM ET
All It Took Was a Game of Uno
It all started with the “most epic and memorable game of UNO every played.” That’s when Jacquelynn and Kevin Patterson knew they had met their daughter, Haylee. And Haylee knew she had met her parents. “It feels great to be wanted and to be home.” Join our Circle of Support to ensure more teenagers, like Haylee, are adopted into supportive, safe and loving homes  ...
Sep 12, 2018 10:00 AM ET
We Were Destined to Be Statistics, but Here We Were, Finally Home
This was shared with the Dave Thomas Foundation by Jesus Paniagua. Jesus was 7 years old when he and his five brothers were adopted by Yolonda, a single mother who made them finally feel at home. Today Jesus is 27 and honoring his late mother by sharing his story. "At our other foster homes, we were never allowed to go into the kitchen. We would wait until the coast was clear and sneak...
Aug 20, 2018 10:00 AM ET