Guest Blog: One Recruiter's Journey to Help Children in Foster Care

By Elizabeth Johnson
Jul 14, 2016 2:00 PM ET
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Guest Blog: One Recruiter's Journey to Help Children in Foster Care

Elizabeth Johnson is a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter who works every day to find forever homes for children in foster care.

I’ve been a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter since 2007, but the surprising part is that I never aspired to work with children. I initially wanted to work with adults only (women mostly). So how did I end up on this path? Working with children in foster care and committed to finding them loving, permanent homes?

Prior to being a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter I was working at a children’s home, but my focus was on adult women who were on welfare. But when a job opened in the long-term residential girls unit, I realized I had a new calling. After seeing the unit and the girls there, I immediately thought WE CAN DO BETTER! This is unacceptable for children to feel so misunderstood, angry and alone…read the full blog here.

The Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program is the signature child-focused recruitment model of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 130,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Created by Wendy’s® founder Dave Thomas who was adopted, the Foundation implements evidence- based, results-driven national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and innovative grantmaking. To learn more, visit or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA.